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For new moms... Everything you need to know about postpartum depression and how to treat it

After childbirth, a large proportion of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression, and this is normal because of taking responsibility for a child and feeling severe pain due to breastfeeding, as well as the pain of childbirth and this takes some time and goes away.

During the Q and C series that "The Seventh Day" presents to its readers, we will learn about postpartum depression, according to the report published on the "hse" website.

what is Post delivery depression?

Postpartum depression is the term used for depression that some women experience in the first year after childbirth.

What is the incidence of postpartum depression in women?

Postpartum depression occurs in 10 to 15% of women within the first year of childbirth.

Why does postpartum depression occur?

Postpartum depression symptoms begin in the form of severe depression immediately after birth, and it may get worse over time and severe symptoms appear when the child reaches 4 months.

Postpartum depression can last for a long time if it is not treated, the sooner it is recognized, diagnosed and treated, the faster the recovery.

What are the causes of postpartum depression?

The main cause of postpartum depression is unknown, but research indicates that there are some factors that contribute to this, including:

Family history:

If you have a history of depression, this may be a risk factor for developing postpartum depression.

Biological factors:

A small number of women with postpartum depression develop a temporary defect in the thyroid gland, which is linked to mood changes, and some women may be particularly vulnerable to the drop in hormones that occurs after childbirth.

Lifestyle changes:

The birth of a child brings changes in your life. New children have many demands and you deal with the constant demands of feeding, bathing and crying, and usually the mother cannot sleep enough, and this increases her vulnerability to depression.

What are the signs of postpartum depression?

Feeling sad, anxious and lonely.

Feelings of guilt, irritability and anger.

Some mothers suffer from panic attacks.

You may not enjoy being with people, even with your child.

- Anorexia.

Poor focus.

Feeling tired all the time.

Sleeping problems.

- Cry easily.

- Feeling panicked.

Concern about your child.

What is the treatment of postpartum depression?

Get help from a doctor if these feelings or symptoms persist for more than two weeks or if you have any thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. Don't let such worrying thoughts about your baby prevent you from seeking help from a doctor.