About Postpartum Depression
It’s not uncommon for a new mom to go through a short period of feeling emotionally down following the birth of her child. Commonly termed the “baby blues,” this condition may be a natural reaction to the stresses, fatigue and hormonal changes attendant to childbirth, and it typically passes within just a few days. But when it doesn’t – and when more significant signs of depression continue to the point of making it hard to go about one’s daily life – than it’s time to be evaluated for postpartum depression (PPD).
As many as 20 percent of new moms experience PPD, but there are ways to mitigate it if you learn to recognize it's signs and symptoms and discuss them with your physician, friends and family. Just talking about your feelings can help release some of the stress you are feeling and spread out some of your emotions among others, so they aren’t so overwhelming.
PPD Symptoms and Contributing Factors
- Feelings of sadness, guilt, and worry
- Inability to make clear decisions
- Lack of enthusiasm for things you enjoy
- Changing sleep patterns
- Stressful conditions at home or work
- Thinking about hurting one’s self
When needed, your OB-GYN physician can connect you to community resources such as professional counselors; less often, they will offer medical management help curb a patient’s symptoms. In most cases, communicating with others and talking about PPD is the best and most effective means of treating it.
To make an appointment with Dr. Mamie Rogers, MD, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, visit FHMedicalGroup.com or call 352-589-6005.