Depression in Women after giving Birth (Postpartum Depression)
In general terms, depression is when a person has a sustained feeling of sadness and have no
interest in activities. There is no specific definition for symptoms of depression, it may range
from relatively minor to severe and can be caused by a blend of biological, physiological and
social causes that caused it.
A mother goes through a myriad of emotions on the road to giving birth to a child. A new mother
has to face a lot of challenges in getting used to dealing with her life with a newborn. The
sudden changes that happen in one’s life including lack of sleep, nursing pain or even the
responsibility of taking care of a newborn are difficult. Most new mothers experience what is
generally called ‘Baby blues’, including mood swings, anxiety, difficulty in getting sleep or even
crying spells, which goes away in a few weeks.
A more severe, long-lasting form of depression experienced by some new mothers are called
postpartum depression. Usually during the first 3 weeks after giving birth, new mothers will start
to feel its effects. Prompt treatment can help a new mother with postpartum depression to help
manage the symptoms and bond with the child.
Causes of Postpartum Depression
History of Depression – In a case where there is a history of depression running in the family or
the new mother have had depression before, the chances of having postpartum depression is
Hormones – The level of hormones goes through a roller coaster ride during pregnancy and
childbirth as it goes up while pregnant and suddenly drops after childbirth. The quick change in
the level of hormones can be the trigger for depression in women.
Stress – Stress resulting from family issues, financial struggles or any other sources of stress
can also be a trigger for postpartum depression. In case if it was an unwanted pregnancy or an
unsupporting partner/family, the mother will be stressed to the point that she goes into
Being a psychological issue, no two cases of postpartum depression will be similar. Symptoms
differ from person to person depending on a number of factors. But there are few common
things to keep an eye out on :
● Severe mood Swings
● Excessive crying spells
● Unable to bond with the baby
● Loss of interest in food or Binge eating
● Insomnia or Getting too much sleep
● Feeling fatigued all the time
● Panic Attacks / Anxiety
● Feeling Hopeless and worthless
● Severe Anger or irritability
● Trouble focusing or remembering
● Suicidal thoughts
When to get help?
Getting diagnosed is the first step to curing any disease and postpartum depression is no
different. If you have the feeling of depression after a baby’s birth, do not hesitate to talk to your
doctor and get help at the earliest.
Things to keep in mind :
● If the signs of depression don’t fade after two weeks.
● Symptoms are getting out of hand
● Unable to care for the baby
● Overly fatigued
● Suicidal thoughts
If any of the symptoms persist, get immediate help. If the diagnosis turns out to point towards
Postpartum depression, there are treatments that can be taken.
Medication – Antidepressants help balance one’s emotions and mood by managing chemicals
in the brain called neurotransmitters, that manages those. The medicines take effect gradually
and help reduce the symptoms of depression and assists the person in getting back to their
normal state of mind. In Ayurvedic Treatment for Gynaecological Issues, herbal decoctions that
help improve mental health and alleviate psychological distraught is initiated which not only help
with emotional wellbeing by nourishing the body as well.
Counseling – Getting to talk to a therapist or your doctor can help a lot. Come up with ways to
recognize your mood swings and deal with them in a better manner.
Exercise – Regular exercise helps improve brain function which in turn helps make one feel
Setting Goals – Setting simple goals and meeting them on a daily basis also helps engage the
brain and improve its functions.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Gynaecological Issues, are described under ‘Yonivyapad’. This
includes hormonal imbalances and resulting disorders, Menstrual disorders and many more.
1. First, the doctors at our Ayurveda Hospital analyze the history of the patient, body type,
lifestyle, diet patterns along with any test results that they have to understand the root
cause of the problem.
2. Depending on these factors, an appropriate treatment plan will be conceived taking into
account the overall wellness of the person getting the treatment.
3. After the consultation, we start the Ayurvedic Treatment for Gynaecological Issues, by
administering simple herb decoctions and move on to other treatment plans like Uttara
Vasti, Yoni Prakshalanam, etc as required as we progress.
4. During the period of getting treatment at our Ayurvedic Hospital, the patient needs to
follow a very strict diet and modified lifestyle as recommended by our Doctors.
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