By Alesa Van Dyke
Did you know that after childbirth your hormones change significantly? In fact, the postpartum hormone drop is often considered the largest hormone change in the shortest amount of time at any point in the life cycle of a human being, according to an interview with Aviva Romm, MD. With such dramatic physiological changes, it is no wonder that a woman can feel like she is on an emotional roller coaster ride. Feelings such as excitement, joy, anxiety, and fear are all common emotions that a woman can experience. Unfortunately, sometimes a woman can experience more intense feelings of sadness, worry, hopelessness, guilt, and a serious depression that interferes with daily life. This is known as Postpartum depression. Symptoms of Postpartum depression are a bit different for everyone and are not limited to, but can include:
- Lingering sad, anxious, or empty mood.
- Feelings of irritability or restlessness.
- Feeling numb or disconnected from your baby.
- Worrying that you will hurt your baby, or thoughts of hurting your baby.
- Withdrawing from loved ones
- Crying more often than usual.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 1 in 9 women experience postpartum depression symptoms. If you have a previous history of depression you are at a higher risk. Fortunately, postpartum depression is treatable. If you think you may be suffering with postpartum depression call us today at 801.399.1818 for an appointment. If you are in crisis or thinking of suicide, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
You can feel better, and we can help.