Postpartum Depression: Risk factors

New mothers have to deal with various challenges including physical and emotional. Generally besides physical pain from the delivery, lot of insecurities surrounds them such as concern about their physical and sexual attractiveness. To add more to their worries is change in lifestyle and stress of caring for a newborn. Most of them are also deprived of their sleep.

Under such circumstances, some women do develop “Postpartum depression” within few months from delivery of their child.

Risk factors

Women with a previous history of depression are at higher risk of experiencing postpartum depression. This risk is found eminent with women having history of severe PMS disorder, or if had postpartum depression in a previous pregnancy. According to the research, women with a past history of postpartum depression have a fifty percent chance of reappearance.

Impact of Postpartum depression on the children

Postpartum depression can hamper your ability to function or to take care of yourself and your baby. But it does not mean that you are a bad mother. But the reality is that your baby will be affected if the depression is left ignored. The Impact of Postpartum Depression on Children:

Behavioral problems – they are more likely to be depressed and may develop behavioral problems down the line, including but not limiting to sleep problems or temper tantrums.

Delays in cognitive development – such children are prone to delayed development; they may take significantly more time to develop learning abilities than other children.

Social problems – they may have problems in having relationships such as may find it hard to make friends or may be publicly withdrawn, or they may act out in destructive ways.

Emotional problems – they may have lower sense of worth or self respect, are more worried and fearful, and are less independent.

Depression – such children may have higher risk of developing depression in their early years of life.

It is important to understand that, if you’re suffering from postpartum depression, there is no reason to feel guilty or embarrassed. Postpartum depression’s symptoms are beyond your control, and they don’t make you a terrible person or parent. But yes, the choice to undergo a treatment is in your choice and is under your control. There is no harm in consulting a good medical help, especially after knowing its impact on both you and your child.