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They call postpartum depression smiling depression, and it is one of the postpartum pathologies that pass more on tiptoe, many of them diagnosed late and with a tendency to become chronic.
And it is that, sometimes moms don't talk about their postpartum depression, and sometimes they don't even understand what's wrong with them.
Postpartum depression is characterized by crying for no reason, emotional instability, feeling unable to cope, feelings of guilt, overeating or under-eating disorders, sleep problems (insomnia or hypersomnia), and feelings of inability to cope to the needs of the child, memory problems, fatigue and irritability, extreme tiredness, which is not related to a pathology such as possible anemia or thyroid problems. Some women may worry excessively about the health of the child or see themselves as bad mothers. For this set of symptoms to be called depression, it must be maintained over time.
In my more than 15 years of experience, a woman has never come to a consultation and has told me "I am coming for consultation because I think I have depression", and women in the midwife's office usually feel very comfortable and it is normal Let them open up and tell us about their concerns, their doubts, talk about the fatigue that parenting entails, etc.
- Social media has a double face, and the negative is that they sell us a maternity that many times is not real. Posed, maternal posture that makes us have expectations that most of the time do not come close to what we are living in our homes, in our day to day life. And it seems that it is normal, with which we can feel ashamed of our reality, since it does not look like what they are selling us.
- The guilt that makes us feel what we feel. Instead of being exultant about the birth of our child, we feel bad, sad, down, not wanting anything. And that for the gallery is not right; that's why we fake a smile and pull forward.
- Many women do not know what is wrong with them, because we have not given it the importance it deserves in the maternity preparation classes; Either they have not paid us much attention since pregnant women have a selective attention to the information they consider relevant during their pregnancy and tend to focus more on childbirth; leaving aside what will happen next.
- Women are, in general, too demanding with ourselves. We are relentless with our actions and feelings; and we “cannot afford” to feel bad if our baby is healthy, if we are not sick and everything is objectively fine.
However, the reality is that motherhood has wonderful things but it is also very hard, we are under the influence of hormones, fatigue, sleepless nights, breastfeeding that is not going well, doubts about parenting ... everything This can make the woman feel overwhelmed, and have not just baby blues; but a postpartum depression.
And it comes out of it, but family support, therapy and sometimes medication is essential. The most important thing is a good diagnosis, and that the woman leaves the house to exercise, be with other women in Pilates or postpartum yoga classes and share experiences with them.
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