Most women expect to adjust easily to the arrival
of their new baby. They anticipate a period of feeling
tired and disorganized, but they also assume that
they will feel good about themselves, their babies
In addition, new moms know that the joys of motherhood
can also be gift wrapped with a range of feelings
including - sleep deprivation, low energy levels,
life changes, adjustment and coping with the baby
blues. Sometimes these feelings become so difficult
that a new mom feels overwhelmed.
The different postpartum emotional reactions vary
in relation to time of onset, length of the episode
and severity of the symptoms. It is helpful to provide
an explanation of these conditions as described below:
The Baby Blues
Within the first three to five days after
delivery, up to 80 percent of moms experience transitory
tearfulness and depressed mood. It only lasts for
a few days only, and has been associated with the
hormonal changes involved with the onset of lactation.
No treatment is required for the baby blues as the
experience comes to an end spontaneously.
Difficult Postpartum Adjustment
Usually begins within the first three months
after delivery or adoption. It is characterized by
symptoms of depression and or anxious moods, which
cause marked distress in new moms. It differs from
postpartum depression in that the symptoms are not
as severe. Yet the difficulties are extend beyond
the time frame for the baby blues.
This is defined as tearfulness, despondency,
feelings of inadequacy and inability to cope. It differs
from the baby blues in that the condition is not transitory.
In addition, it differs from a difficult postpartum
adjustment as new moms are more severely impaired
in their ability to cope when living with postpartum
The onset of postpartum depression may begin immediately
after delivery or several months later. The symptoms
and experiences are similar for early or late onset.
The depression may occur after any birth, not necessarily
after that of the first child, and the experience
of new moms whom becomes depressed after adopting
a child can be essentially the same as that of a birth
Is characterized by the loss of contact
with reality for a period of time. This condition
is rare, affecting only one or two women in a thousand.
It is important to note that postpartum psychosis
requires psychiatric intervention, which involves
medication and possible hospitalization.
Maxine has over 16 years experience in providing
Clinical Social Work to individuals and families.
Her dedicated team welcome the opportunity to discuss
how our services can be of assistance to you.
Maxine Fyffe-Roberts B.Sc. (Hons), BSW, RSW
By Essentially You
Phone 289 997 2136
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