What Is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can occur in women following childbirth. Postpartum depression can occur due to the rapid hormonal changes in a woman’s body following childbirth. These hormonal changes can trigger chemical changes in the brain that lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and exhaustion that can make it difficult for the mother to bond with the baby, or complete the daily care activities for themselves or others. The sleep deprivation associated with a newborn can also contribute to feelings of depression and have a detrimental effect on a person’s mood. It is very important to note that postpartum depression does not occur because of something that the mother did or didn’t do and no new mother should feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help.