What is Postpartum Depression?

A mother undergoes a lot of physical, emotional and chemical changes in her body during and after pregnancy. Post partum depression or PPD is one of the complications after the delivery. Females are prone to have post partum depression within 4 weeks after delivery. It happens due to the sudden and dramatic drop in the hormones like oestrogen and progesterone after delivery.

Females who had suffered from depression in the past are more at risk. If mother's is young then also there are chances of PPD which reduces with age. There is a higher risk of developing PPD in case of multiple pregnancies.


1. Uninterested in the baby: The mother starts feeling less interest in feeding the baby. There is some lack of bonding between mother and child.

2. Appetite: New mothers can lose their appetite, which can be seen as a sign of PPD .

3. Lower Libido: Libido levels of the females reduce.

4. Suicidal thoughts: Suffering females can have thoughts of dying.

5. Mood swings: There are frequent mood changes. Like crying and laughing suddenly.

6. Impaired concentration: These females have difficulty in concentrating or focussing on something.

If these symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks, one should definitely seek professional help.


1. Seek help from your doctor if you can start with the antidepressant medications during or after pregnancy.

2. Emotional support plays a major role from the close ones.

3. Peer support is also very helpful. A new mother or a pregnant lady should talk openly with women who have had the experience of childbirth.

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