Postpartum depression causes sadness, irritability, insomnia and anxiety in women.
Any woman, who has just given birth, may have postpartum depression with no apparent cause. The abrupt decline in hormones experienced by the woman’s body after childbirth is responsible for postpartum depression.
Some contradictory feelings with the moment that the woman experience as a new mom, among them: anxiety, sadness, fatigue and nervousness can break the development of the maternal-filial bond, and negatively affect the growth of the newborn baby. The most common symptoms associated with postpartum depression are sadness, irritability, fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite and anxiety.
Sadness. It is the most frequent symptom. The patient feels low mood, unhappy, tearful or wanting to cry at any time and for no apparent reason, especially at certain times.
Irritability. The new mom is irritable and agitated with her partner, with the family, and even with her children and the newborn. You feel a certain disorganization in your thoughts and some inability to perform your daily task.
Fatigue. The postpartum depression makes the woman feel exhausted, overwhelmed and fatigued to perform her tasks as a mother
Insomnia. The woman has difficulty falling asleep. Loss of appetite. Due to postpartum depression, the new mother usually has neither the time nor the desire to eat, which can lead her to feel moody and tired. Other mothers do it the other way around. They eat in excess to relieve psychological distress.
Anxiety. It manifests with a sense of fear. The woman fears being alone with her baby, not being able to care for her, caring for her if she is sick, and feeling guilty for not being “in love” with her baby as she should be.
No sex drive . What was once a pleasure, now becomes something boring for the mother. The patient usually rejects any sexual contact, which can generate tension in the couple.