Profound Postpartum Depression Symptoms You Should Know
Any new mum can go through postpartum depression—from teen mums who are at a higher risk of experiencing it, to those who had difficulties in getting pregnant, gave birth to multiples or premature infants, or to babies with congenital disabilities. Moreover, mums have a higher risk of depression if their newborn passed away during childbirth.
As opposed to what most people believed, postpartum depression is not just about serious sadness. Early PPD symptoms can be so subtle that many mums assume that what they are feeling is just part of being a mother. Unfortunately, the longer a mum lives with an undiagnosed PPD, treating it may become more difficult. Learn about the faint symptoms of postpartum depression below.
Due to new mums trying to learn all of the new information and new schedules in taking care of a newborn, and being exhausted at the same time, they get a kind of brain fog. And if they find it hard to remember things, think of the right words, and multitask on a regular basis, they may suffer from PPD.
Mums who are not getting enough sleep due to caring for a newborn all day will definitely feel fatigued. However, sometimes, fatigue doesn’t just go away even after a good night’s sleep.
In cases of deep fatigue, since it can’t be alleviated with staying in bed or resting all day, it is considered one of the subtle PPD symptoms playing a role in the development of such a mood disorder.
Fear and worry
During pregnancy, women’s estrogen and progesterone levels can increase from 10 to 100-fold and then fall to zero within 24 hours of giving birth. This hormonal shift causes new mums to experience feelings of worry and fear. A sign that a mother is suffering from PPD is if she is getting an extreme sense of fear without reasons.
New mums who undergo PPD may not actually realise that losing their temper at everything could be a symptom of their current condition.
Parents of newborns can expect to have sleeping difficulties. However, little do they realise that for susceptible mothers, sleep deprivation can contribute to PPD.
Insomnia is one of the lesser known symptoms of postpartum depression. And if the sleeping patterns of new mums get interrupted both by insomnia and the baby, this can cause dangerous effects to their overall mental and physical health.
Nursing mums burn up to 500 calories a day, and this translates to a bigger appetite. If they don’t feel hungrier or hungry at all, this manifests PPD. Without the right nourishment, their health and their milk supply are at risk.
These are possible PPD symptoms experienced by mums of newborns. If you notice that your partner or a family member is experiencing or more of these signs, it is advised to seek help from professionals.