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Some women will experience varying degrees of depression following childbirth due to physical and hormonal changes, psychological stress and fatigue. A mother’s body requires tremendous strength and energy for recovery after birth and she may also endure bouts of loneliness, fear and anxiety over the responsibilities associated with a new child.
Apart from the normal exhaustion and anxiety which naturally accompany a trauma to the body, such as childbirth, a woman may feel extremely sensitive, tense, irritable, lonely, withdrawn, lethargic and incompetent about her role as a woman and mother. In addition, she may have mood swings from feelings of intense happiness to those of intense despair.
Postpartum depression results from the physical and psychological turmoil and upheaval a woman endures during pregnancy and delivery. Usually, the depression that immediately follows birth subsides after four to ten days as the body regains its fluid and mineral balance and adjusts hormonally. However, the exhaustion, tension and apprehension may persist for 6-24 weeks thereafter, with some women reporting an entire year needed before feeling “normal” again.
The exhaustion and many of the feelings associated with pregnancy and childbirth are unavoidable, even in the very best of circumstances. Following the birth of a child, a woman needs support and help for at least six to eight weeks. This will allow her time to regain her strength, give quality time to her new baby and psychologically adjust to her new responsibilities
Help is just a phone call away. Call our free 24 hour assessment line to speak with a confidential counselor. Call 1-800-691-4336 today.
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