“Postpartum Depression Affects 10% To 20% Of Women After

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“Postpartum depression affects 10% to 20% of women after delivery, regardless of maternal age, race, parity, socioeconomic status, or level of education”.( Consise) Postpartum depression is a major depression episode that occurs after childbirth affecting not only the mother but also the child and family members. After the delivery of the placenta extending for about six weeks this is considered as as the postpartum period. This a critical period for the mother and new born physiological and psychological because the woman’s body is returning to a non-pregnant state in which hormones, sleep parttters, emotions and relationship are changing. Therefore, up to 80% of mothers experience the "baby blues during the first week in which…show more content…
Some of the symptoms are feeling sad, anxious, irritable, tired, tearfulness, lack of energy, change in appetite and either weight gain or lost. In some cases these symptoms go unrecognized by women themselves because the pain they go through labor and the emotions to receive their baby. This lead mother to lets think that once they bond with their newborn and their body goes back to normal, they will gain their energy back again. However if the early onset of postpartum depression is not screen, given any support, or treatment to the mother, the mother is at a greater risk for the late onset of depression. The late onset of postpartum depression is a most severe case that lead to impaired the maternal function and can be life- threatening. The symptoms begin to peak at 2 to 6 months after the delivery which involve feeling of sadness, depression, lack of energy, chronic fatigue, inability to sleep and difficult caring for the baby. Many of the mother’s will delay treatment or seek for some counseling because they are afraid that they will be judge as a bad mother for not being able to take care of the baby. “As many as 14.5% of postpartum women may experience a new episode within 3 months after delievery”( Conside). Is important to be aware of the symptoms to be able to identify them and provide treatment. In most cases the women may present with mild symptoms but 10 to 15 % will
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