Giving birth is not always happy – Post Partum Depression

Nature has gifted some outstanding features to women. Women specifically enjoy best of the nature’s blessings. One of the most amazing gifts nature has awarded to women, is to give life, the emergence of a new life into the world. This specialty of women makes it unique and also gives her a respectable position in society, which is known as “mother”. The moment, a girl gives birth, a mother also gets produced in that girl at that very moment. It has been observed that moment to be purely an amalgamation of joy, emotions, happiness, serenity, and motherhood. A mother feels on top of the world after bringing a child into the world. But it is not the same case always.
There are certain conditions that are still unknown to our society. It is like, a whole procedure of a huge change takes place inside a woman’s body. There are clear chances for a woman to go through trauma. This is very normal but as very few people are aware of this condition that is why it considers being something abnormal.

This condition is known as “Post-Partum Depression (PPD)” which occurs after giving birth. The causes of this type of depression are hormonal, physical changes, and the responsibility of a new life collectively. This condition is more observable in new mothers. The new mothers’ experiences brief episode of mild mood swings which are also known as “Blue babies”. The symptoms of this condition likely to appear on the 10th day after the delivery.
It shows irregular sleeping orders with appetite disorder. Women show a highly angry mood in this condition, she becomes highly irritated on matters of nothing. The woman wanted to cry like a baby in this condition. She wanted to throw the baby away, as to nurture a new life is a huge responsibility in itself and if a mother is not ready to take that huge responsibility, she does not care about the new life at all. The interesting fact is that woman herself is unaware of her condition that what is happening with her and why she is facing such a condition.
PPD lasts much longer than ten days and can go on for months following childbirth. Acute PPD is much more serious and should be considered very carefully.
There are treatments for this depression but to treat it, firstly it is very important to create awareness about this disease in society because it is said that awareness is as necessary as a cure. PPD is treated through emotional support, being a helping hand to the new mothers, handling the mood swings carefully, providing extra care to the woman also helps in treating this disease. This condition can be treated effectively and also in a short span of time if all the support and care provided by the spouse of the woman. If the baby is of both, father and mother, then why only the mother should take all the responsibility for that baby? Point to ponder!

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Zainab Zafar
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