Moms will often experience strong emotions of sadness, anger or grief after giving birth, which is not what they expect — and which could be signs of a postpartum mood disorder.
While such a diagnosis may seem scary and even shameful to some people, Mayo Clinic certified nurse midwife Julie Lamppa, APRN, told Fox News Digital that the disorder is more common than people think.
“Most women will experience some sort of postpartum blues,” lei disse.
She said that often, symptoms are mild and will self-resolve — “80% of women will have that,” lei disse.
Nel frattempo, 15% per 20% of women, or one in every seven, will continue to experience severe moods after the two-to-three-week postpartum period, which could be labeled as postpartum depression (PPD).
UN 2022 Journal of Psychiatric Research study revealed that self-reported postpartum depressive symptoms increased overall across the nation from a pre-pandemic period to the pandemic time period.
States such as Maine and Wyoming even saw a whopping 90% spike in cases among residents, secondo il rapporto.
What is PPD, Esattamente?
PPD is an intense mood disorder that is most likely to occur within the first four months after a baby is born until the child’s first year, Lamppa said.
“Even if [new moms are] doing really well at six weeks postpartum, that has the possibility of changing,” said the Rochester, Minn.-based midwife and “Obstetricks” autore.
The major signs of PPD aren’t much different from the symptoms of anyone else experiencing typical anxiety or depression; the signs can include feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, withdrawn, uninterested and overly worried.
Women can also experience issues with sleep, mangiare, irritability, low energy and feelings of guilt.
On top of those issues, Lamppa added that new birth mothers are now juggling the pressures of nurturing a tiny infant while simultaneously healing physically from the baby’s birth.
“It’s a more challenging time to be able to cope with all of those feelings compared to somebody who’s having depression or anxiety [e] not in the postpartum timeframe.”
PPD likely occurs, said Lamppa, due to the female body’s major hormone shift, as well as the lack of sleep and the worry that comes with being a responsible parent.
“I cannot stress sleep enough,” lei disse. “When people get good sleep, their moods are elevated.”
People who have a history of depression or anxiety are at the biggest risk of experiencing such issues postpartum, especially if these mood disorders persist while pregnant.
“It’s a really big goal while you’re pregnant just to really hone in and optimize moods as much as possible,” lei disse.
Lamppa mentioned that other factors such as a lack of support, financial stress and breastfeeding problems can trigger PPD symptoms.
What if you’re struggling with PPD?
Women who are experiencing PPD can help themselves first by focusing on self-care. This can include spending time outside and troubleshooting how to achieve adequate sleep, spiritual care, exercise and nutrition.