Wednesday, November 19, 2008

BABY BLUES

From TODAY, Voices

Wednesday November 19, 2008

 

By Dr Bill Maier

 

Almost all new mothers experience some form of the “Baby Blues” after giving birth, and these feelings almost always disappear within the first two weeks.

 

But sometimes these blues persist or get worse, giving way to a more serious condition called postpartum depression. That’s why it’s important to watch for the warning signs.

 

Some mothers experience prolonged depression or a loss of interest in day-to-day activities.

 

They may lose or gain weight unexpectedly and have trouble sleeping. Feelings of guilt or low selfworth are common. In severe cases, suicidal thoughts will come to mind.

 

Postpartum depression is a very real condition and it can get worse if the mother is not treated.

 

It usually takes just a few weeks of counselling or medication to overcome. If you’re concerned about yourself or your spouse, call your doctor immediately.

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