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Dealing with postpartum depression? You’re not alone

Dealing with postpartum depression? You’re not alone

Aug 24 2018

The joys of giving birth and holding your child for the first time is like nothing you have ever experienced before. You have a flood of emotions from love and happiness (“How could I love anything more than my little one?”) to stress and anxiety (“Oh my goodness, what am I doing? Can I keep this child alive?”). You can also feel depressed, and we’re here to tell you that’s OK. 

“Postpartum depression used to be a taboo topic that many women wouldn’t discuss. Many would think, ‘How could I be sad after giving birth to my child?’” says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN. “But many celebrities have come out and talked about their struggles with postpartum depression which has helped others open up about the issue.”

There are different levels of depression after childbirth and it’s important to identify which one you are feeling so our doctors at Novant Health Providence OB/GYN can find the best treatment for you.

Postpartum baby blues symptoms

Many new mothers can experience what has been called “postpartum baby blues.” The symptoms can start to appear a few days after giving birth.

The symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic include:

  • Mood swings

  • Anxiety

  • Sadness

  • Irritability

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Crying

  • Reduced concentration

  • Appetite problems

  • Trouble sleeping

These symptoms can last up to two weeks after your child is born.

Postpartum depression symptoms

Postpartum depression is a lot more intense than the baby blues. The symptoms could begin to develop a few weeks after childbirth or they could appear up to six months after giving birth.

Postpartum depression symptoms according to the Mayo Clinic include:

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings

  • Excessive crying

  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual

  • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much

  • Loss of energy

  • Fear that you’re not a good mother

  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy

  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

  • Thoughts of death or suicide

If you are feeling these symptoms, especially if you feel like you could hurt yourself or your child, please give us a call at Novant Health Providence OB/GYN immediately so we can figure out the next steps to get you healthy.

Providence OB/GYN in Charlotte breaks down the symptoms of postpartum depression and what you can do to get help.

Postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a rare condition that typically develops within the first week after delivery, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Postpartum psychosis symptoms include:

  • Confusion and disorientation

  • Obsessive thoughts about your baby

  • Hallucinations and delusions

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Paranoia

  • Attempts to harm yourself or your baby

Just like with postpartum depression, if you or a loved one are showing these symptoms, call Novant Health Providence OB/GYN immediately because these thoughts and behaviors can be life-threatening. We will get the treatment that you or a loved one need.

What causes postpartum depression?

Providence OB/GYN in Charlotte breaks down the symptoms of postpartum depression and what you can do to get help.

There isn’t an exact cause of postpartum depression but it can come from physical changes or emotional issues.

When you give birth, your body goes through a dramatic drop in hormones such as estrogen and progesterone which can cause postpartum depression,

Emotionally, your body and mind are going through an array of issues after childbirth. You’re not getting the sleep that you’re used to, you have anxiety over the care of your child and you may also feel like you’re losing control. These emotional issues can lead to postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression does not discriminate when it hits women. Even A-list celebrities have dealt with postpartum depression and have bravely used their status to help shed a light on the condition.

Just recently, tennis all-star Serena Williams revealed her struggle with postpartum depression led to an embarrassing defeat on the tennis court.

Here’s a list of top celebrities who have opened dealt with postpartum depression.

Once again, you are not alone and our team here at Novant Health Providence OB/GYN are here to help you deal with postpartum symptoms. Please call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000. We look forward to serving you and your baby during your pregnancy.

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