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Sunday, 06 May 2018

As we have come to the end of Maternal Mental Health Awareness week 2018. These are the few things I will like you to remember as the life of a new mum and infant can be dependent on you. 

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Firstly, a lot of people say they have postpartum depression when they only have signs of postpartum blues. 

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During the postpartum period, about 85% of women experience some type of mood disturbance. Whereas only about 10-15% of women develop symptoms of depression or anxiety.

 

There are 3 types of Postpartum Mood Changes:

 

~POSTPARTUM BLUES

It's common for about 80% of mothers to experience postpartum blues during the first few weeks after delivery. This is considered normal. The symptoms usually peak on the 4th or 5th day postpartum and mostly resolves on its own by two weeks postpartum.

Symptoms include:

•crying for no reason 

•excessive fatigue

•anxious

•sad

•restless 

•irritability

•impatient

•lonely

•frequent mood swings 

No treatment is required for this. But if it extends over two weeks visit your doctor as postpartum blues can lead to the development of a more significant mood disorder. 

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~POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

This can start anytime postpartum but mostly around 2 to 3 months after delivery. If any new mum feels this way she needs proper investigation by her doctor. 

Symptoms include:

•Sadness

•feeling down

•crying for no reason 

•loss of interest in usual activities

•decreased libido

•feeling guilty

•feelings of worthlessness

•hopelessness 

•helplessness

•excessive fatigue

•difficulty sleeping 

•change in appetite

•poor concentration 

•suicidal thoughts

This gets worse if untreated.

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~POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS

This is the most severe of the three. Only occurs in 1-2 per 1000 women after childbirth. Can start as early as 48 to 72hrs postpartum. 

Symptoms include :

•irritability

•restlessness

•insomnia

•rapid change in depressed or elated mood

•disorientation

•confusion

•erratic

•disorganized behaviour

•delusions

•hallucinations (hearing and seeing things that aren't there)

•suicidal thoughts against self and infant

This is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Please visit your doctor for proper investigation.

 

Have you ever felt this way before? Please share.

Posted by: Dr Chinny AT 01:31 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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