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Postpartum Mental Health Disorder is not a myth.  

Postpartum mental health disorder is a reality. Unfortunately, not all families take this mood and anxiety disorder seriously until it starts to affect the whole family. When a mom suffers from postpartum mental health disorder like depression, stress or anxiety, she is badly in need of help and support. Since there is no magic cure, recovery may be slow. Nonetheless, moms will still require high level help, support, and communication to overcome this mental health period that often accompanies pregnancy and childbirth.

 

92% of mothers feel as though society doesn't do
a good job at understanding or supporting motherhood.⠀

Common Postpartum Depression symptoms

  • Anger, frustration
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Easily exhausted
  • Feeling insecure
  • Repetitive worrying and crying spells for no reason
  • Hopelessness
  • Struggling with an emotional connection with the baby
  • Loss of interest in activities you have always loved
  • Having sleeping problem
  • Feeling irritable all the time

Sleep Deprivation

So your little bundle of joy has arrived after a long wait of nine months. As a new mother, you are faced with certain health challenges. While you should be ready to cater to the needs of your little one all the time, sleepless nights await you. No doubt, sleep deprivation in postpartum can pose new mental health challenges due to the repeated nighttime awakenings of the infant.

Pregnancy and childbirth are responsible for stimulating hormonal reactions in the body. The hormones that were at an all-time high suddenly drop immediately after childbirth. This hormonal disturbance could trigger mood swings and affect the quality of sleep.

The lack of sleep could further make a new mother vulnerable to mood disorders, including postpartum depression and psychosis. One study analyzed that women with poor sleep quality have a higher chance of postpartum depression compared with those who enjoyed quality sleep. This first group of women suffers from anxiety, irritability, forgetfulness, and depressive mood. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation could trigger postpartum depression, which could further affect the quality of life of sleep-deprived mothers and their infants.  

Coping with Depression & No Support

CDC statistics reveal that 1 in 8 women struggle with postpartum depression. Symptoms may linger for weeks, months, or even a year. Am I doing it right? Did I really need to put myself in this situation? Why do I need to suffer? Am I not worth being a mom? Am I an incompetent mom? Can I take care of this tiny tot all alone? Read more by clicking the link below.