What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a serious mental condition; affecting a number of females. The symptoms of mental depression arise after childbirth or even start during pregnancy. No doubt, having a baby is always exciting for the mother but the consistent mood swings, less sleep, and anxiety attacks made it difficult for her to remain normal. In some cases, the symptoms are very mild and go away after a short time period while for some women, these are so severe and need exclusive psychiatric care.

Research has been conducted to check the prevalence of postpartum depression among Pakistani women and it reported that about 23% to 63% of women face this problem after childbirth. This is the highest ratio in Asia but the issue is neglected in most cases.

How long postpartum depression exists?

Females experience great changes physically and emotionally right after giving birth. Some women pass through a short-term mentally disturbed condition called “baby blues” in which she feels extremely restless and anxious but the symptoms go away in two weeks.

In postpartum depression, the symptoms are very strong and long-lasting. They continue for months and need medical attention most of the time. The symptoms can last up to one year so do not worry if you are facing the issue for such a long time. Mother and baby relationship is affected in severe symptoms along with other social relations.

Symptoms of Postpartum depression

Symptoms of postpartum depression are not the same in all females. At the start, some females are not aware of what is happening with them and how much serious it is going to become in the future. These symptoms include:

  • Crying for no reason
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Feeling low and tired
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling difficult to concentrate
  • Lack of appetite
  • Less interest in baby activities
  • No feeling of love towards baby
  • Isolation from family and social circle
  • Feeling sad for a long time
  • Persistent negativity in thoughts
  • Unable to make decisions

Seeking medical help timely can reduce the intensity of symptoms.

What are the causes of postpartum depression?

It is not clear yet that what the exact reason for afterbirth depression is. There are some factors that may contribute to this condition.

  • Hormonal fluctuation

Giving birth to a baby is a complicated process that involves hormonal coordination. Levels of progesterone and estrogen are dropped down significantly. Imbalance in hormones can induce emotional disturbance which can become severe with time if they do not adjust to their normal values.

  • Family history

Females who have a family history of postpartum depression are more at risk of developing it after giving childbirth. Genetic factors may be involved to develop this condition.

  • Anxiety

Anxiety-related to childbirth, delivery pain and care after birth can also be the reason behind postpartum depression. Some females think too much about these and become a victim of depression even before the delivery is carried out.

  • Partner or family ignorance

The role of the family especially the partner is very crucial throughout the condition. If the female is getting ignored, she has more chances to develop depression with worse symptoms. Emotional disturbance for a long time contributes to developing extreme postpartum psychosis.

  • Having a special child

The reason behind postpartum depression can be a special child. It becomes difficult for the female to cope with the challenges involved to take care of a special child because he needs double care all the time.


There is no particular test that can be performed to diagnose postpartum depression. A visit to your gynecologist can help you a lot after identifying your condition. He can ask various questions to identify the seriousness of the problem.

  • He can prescribe some medicines like anti-depressants to reduce the intensity of symptoms.
  • He may refer you to visit a psychologist depending upon your condition to get effective therapy. A psychologist can do brain counseling for instant relief and plan regular sessions for complete recovery. he may involve family members for early recovery.

Treatment choices

Getting proper treatment to cure postpartum depression is essential to save not only the mother but also a newborn baby. As early the condition is identified, the early the victim can be treated. Treatment can also save the mother’s relation with her husband because emotional instability causes a distance between them.

In allopathic treatment, there are several medicines that are prescribed to give relief to the victim. They include antidepressants for mental calmness and sedatives to get proper sleep to function better. Although these medicines are acquired by a number of individuals, the significance of herbal medicines has not yet been reduced.

Many patients are surprised to witness the effects of herbal medicines that how early they get recovery from them. The best thing is that being natural; they pose no side effects upon the health of the mother as well as the newborn baby.

Herbo Natural offering the best treatment for mothers facing postpartum depression and related issues. We suggest you use ashwagandha and maca root for 3 to 4 months, it can change your view about life and can counter all of your issues created by postpartum depression without any side effects.