BABY BLUES THE CHALLENGES OF POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

Being pregnant can be one of the happiest moments in life that a woman could ever have.
It is a time for new beginnings, a time of change, a season of growth for her and the entire family. Pregnancy and the sweet anticipation of having a baby can really help improve the family’s relationship. The wait for the arrival of the new baby puts the entire family in a good mood of expectation. In the process, the family members feel closer to one another.


During this trying stage of a woman, she constantly feels and experiences different thoughts and feelings about her pregnancy and her baby. Sometimes, she can feel good and bright about life. On some days, she can be so depressed and irritable. This sudden shift of feelings can be considered normal for other women, but it can be disturbing not only on the part of the new mother but also to the rest of the family if these episodes of sadness go on for long periods of time.

After giving birth, a woman can experience a thousand thoughts about the baby, whether good or bad. This is what others call the “baby blues” a point in a woman’s life, usually right after childbirth, when she feels heightened emotions concerning their baby. This state can be felt by the woman three to five days after delivery and can last for up to two more weeks, or perhaps even longer. At this point, the woman experiencing “baby blues” may cry more easily than usual, may have trouble falling asleep or can feel irritable, or she can be so sad and always “on the edge” emotionally. Since “baby blues” are experienced is very common and is almost always expected of every first-time mother, it is generally not considered to be an illness. In most cases, the depression does not interfere with the woman’s ability to care for her baby.

However, some women may experience these heightened state of emotions by having postpartum depression, a type of depression that also occurs after childbirth. Also called postpartum non-psychotic depression, this condition affects about ten to twenty percent of women, mostly within a few months of delivery. If a woman is experiencing postpartum depression, she may exhibit any of the following symptoms:

l. Depressed mood

2. Easily provoked to tears

3. Sleepless nights

4. Poor appetite

5. Failure to enjoy pleasurable activities

6. Feelings of inadequacy as a parent

7. Impaired concentration

8. Suicidal thoughts for some people.

These symptoms can be seen in a woman if she acts differently towards herself and her baby as well. Having this type of depression includes risk factors such as previous major depression, psychosocial stress, previous premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and inadequate social support.

If a woman has postpartum depression, they may worry a lot when it comes to their baby, particularly regarding the baby’s health and well-being. On very rare cases, women with this form of severe depression may harbour negative and harmful thoughts about their baby. This type of depression can interfere with the woman’s ability to take care of the baby, and it can even come to a point where suicidal thoughts occur.

A big part of preventive care for postpartum depression entails becoming fully informed about the risk factors and effects of pregnancy and childbirth. Regular consultation with the obstetrician-gynecologist would also allow the new mother to get information about the numerous physical, chemical or hormonal changes that will come as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

Doctors will always play a key role in identifying and treating this type of depression. Women should be screened by their physician to determine if they are at risk for acquiring postpartum depression since this can give them a chance to prepare themselves for their childbirth at the physical, emotional, and mental levels.

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  • Reply
    Marcia B.
    October 12, 2016 at 12:14 am

    wow great article, alot of my friends are going through this!

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    Brenda's Couch
    October 12, 2016 at 12:33 am

    postpartum depression is actually a terrible situation for new moms.. I haven't heard or seen a close person going through such and wouldnt want any one close to me to expereince such because i know the sight woulkdnt be njce. I watched one film on it and it was terrible that at a time I even thought the woman was going insane.

    Tessy, nice work and is is definitely informative and educative. Keep it up.

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    jodie filogomo
    October 12, 2016 at 1:23 am

    It's so good to talk about this!
    It's amazing how the chemicals in your body can wreak havoc on your emotions!!
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    Laura Mitbrodt
    October 12, 2016 at 2:30 am

    I think it would be so difficult to go through this. Great post with informative information
    xo
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    Harija
    October 12, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Great and interesting post.
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    Rosy Ferry
    October 12, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Great post, I'm going to pass this on to my friend who is expecting a baby 🙂

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    ♥♥ SzandraVNR ♥♥
    October 12, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Great post. 🙂
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    Izabela Nair
    October 12, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I don't have kids but I can only imagine how difficult it must be for some women to go through this.

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    TinyTiff
    October 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Great information you shared! Hope you are having a wonderful week

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    Nora Gouma
    October 12, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Absolutely great post, many ladies need to read this, truly useful. I love your blog, thank you for sharing!!!

    xxx

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    Jacquard Flower
    October 12, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Thanks for the info and have a lovely day! Gemma x
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    Paola Lauretano
    October 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Such a great article, interesting info!
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    Angel Pinkoolaid
    October 12, 2016 at 11:33 am

    women go through a lot of things during pregnancy. It's so awful that they have to go through this too 🙁

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    Nicoleta Dan
    October 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Such a great post dear! Xx
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    Fabrizia Spinelli
    October 12, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Ohh, I well remember that particular moment of my life!!!
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    Straight A Style
    October 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    As I get closer to delivery, this is something I worry about. Always good to being attention to such an important topic.

    Amy Ann
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    Olaa Bobade
    October 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Wow suicidal thoughts? This is really deep. Really educative post and explanatory too!
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    Lenya
    October 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Great and informative post, TFS!
    xox
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    Elena Dal Maso
    October 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    New mums should be helped after partum, since hormons collapse and womenoft sleep little in the night. A lovely post…

    xoxo
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    That New Dress
    October 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    My heart goes out to any mum who has postpartum depression. It's so great you're talking about this and sharing information xx

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    Heather Noire
    October 12, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I know Brooke Shields said she had this awhile back. It can be rough for new mums to deal with but I think what could help besides the proper treatment from you doctor is trying to find joy in things. It can help you feel less depressed 😉 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/10/winter-fashion.html

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    SONCAR
    October 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

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    What Would V Wear
    October 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Great post and a very important topic! I am currently preggers with my second baby and even though I have never experienced it –it's yet an important topic! Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    Eleine Pereira
    October 12, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Amazing and interesting post

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    Bangs Bang
    October 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I heard about this before. Love the post!
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    Alice Red
    October 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Postpartum Depression isn't talked about a lot, hopefully this post will raise awareness!

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    Edyta
    October 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    You are right -it's so important to identify as this can affect so many of us!
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    Angie España
    October 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Interesting post dear, postpartum depression is hard… much love <3

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    Shireen L. Platt
    October 12, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    I was extremely depressed after the birth of my eldest son, I think I was young and felt overwhelmed by life and the fact that my marriage was on the rocks didn't help matters. I'm glad my family was by my side and I managed to beat it, I know many who suffer in silence and can't seems to see a way out. 🙁

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    fhenny
    October 13, 2016 at 7:13 am

    great inspiring post for those expecting a baby
    xoxo
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    Gabrielle
    October 13, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Although I'm yet to personally know someone going through this, a friend of a friend experienced it for a while and I know how badly it affected her. Definitely a topic that needs more attention!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    Denise Sabs
    October 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    A boost in hormones and a new situation can be really overwhelming… I don't have kids and I never knew anyone with post partum depression, but it is something that exists and people have to know about it, it's important. Very nice that you wrote about it! Hope you have a great weekend!
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    Kelsey & Kenecha
    October 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    This is a great read!

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    Dressed With Soul
    October 13, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Many thanks for this very important post. Hopefully it will be read very often as what you wrote is true and helpful.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    awhite
    October 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    This is such an important thing to shed some information + light on, for sure. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Gingi Freeman
    October 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I didnt think I had postpartum depression, but in hindsight I wonder if I did.. those were some rough weeks after baby arrived! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    Gingi Freeman
    October 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I didnt think I had postpartum depression, but in hindsight I wonder if I did.. those were some rough weeks after baby arrived! – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    Rosa Larissa Klara K.
    October 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I was afraid of getting a postpartum depression and I am very happy that I did not have one. Quite in contrast 🙂
    Sending much love!
    Xx
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    Nataliya O
    October 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    My mom experienced postpartum after giving birth to my baby brother. It was really tough to deal with, and a very serious time in our family's time. I really want to have a family but I worry sometimes that I'll have postpartum as well. 🙁

    Well written article! Thank you for sharing the important information with everyone.

    xo
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    Charlotte Luisa
    October 13, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    This is so interesting and important to learn about. Really well-written article 🙂
    Love from Berlin,
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    Rina Doria
    October 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I'm so happy you wrote a post on this babe. I'm a Public Health Nurse ( my regular job) and part of our job's include identifying Postpartum depression in moms. You've shine light on a very sensitive and even stigmatic topic for some. Beautifully written!

    xoxo Rina
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    Adeola Adeyemo
    October 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Pregnancy is really a life changing experience. Thankful i didn't have to experience any of these. The presence of loving and supporting family and friends does go a long way in curbing all these. Thanks for this post!

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Wow! So sad but they will be fine hun. Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Aww! Thank you!

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    As in my dear, can you imagine? Thank you hun.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    So difficult sis, you can say that again, Thank you dear.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you dear.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you so much.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Thank you..Ok noted love.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    You can say that again.. Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you dear.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Exactly! Thank you for reading.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Aww, sorry you passed through this sis, glad you are better now. Thank you

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Hey love, Please keep your mind at rest sis, I truly understand and I can see you are doing fine too. You will deliver safely hun, Thank you for reading.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you dearie..

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    So true dear, so true. Thank you

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you so much love.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    True! Thank you dearie.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Aww! Thank you love.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    So true.Thank you dear.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Aww! So sorry to hear this dear. Thank you for reading and am glad you are ok now.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Aww! so sorry your friend passed through this love.My love to her. Thank you for your input babe.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you so much dearie.Great weekend to you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Thank you ma.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Thank you!

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Wow! so sorry darling glad you are ok now hun.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Great! Thank you for stopping by!

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Aww! am so sorry your mum had it, you dont need to worry love, just be happy and make sure you have enough rest. Thank you.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you love.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! This is great! Thank you dear..You just made my day. Kisses.

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    Tessy Onyia
    October 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    So true! Thank you.

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    Gil Zetbase
    October 16, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Great post!
    Have a nice week-end!
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    Education
    March 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

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