After giving birth, many women report feeling a sense of elation unlike anything they’ve ever felt before. It is this sense of miraculous accomplishment that carries them through the first few difficult weeks of sleepless nights. However, not every mummy is that lucky.
Your labour was a tremendous effort on your part but the real work begins when you bring your little one home. Adapting to the constant needs of a new baby can be challenging, even during the best of times. These irritable weeks are referred to as the “baby blues,” but, for most, you will take to motherhood in next to no time and feel like your old self again.
Other less fortunate mums – about one out of eight, to be exact, are not so fortunate. These women experience post-partum depression, in some cases to the most severe extent. Post-partum depression, and even worse, post-partum psychosis, does not go away, and the crippling effects can linger even after baby’s first year.
Watch: Alanis Morissette Opens Up About Post-Partum Depression.
Symptoms are typical to that of severe depression, accompanied by desperate thoughts of suicide and harming yourself or your baby. In the most extreme cases, delusions and hallucinations go hand in hand with post-partum psychosis. .
Some women are more prone to developing this condition but who is largely at risk? A few post-partum depression causes need to be considered.
Post-partum depression causes – Who is at risk?
- Based on recent research in Canada, it is believed that women who live in large urban cities are much more prone to post-partum depression than mums living in rural areas. It is ironic, that in spite of a densely populated area, there is little social support to be found as opposed to smaller towns. It is the population characteristics of the people around you that can be seen as one of the biggest post-partum depression causes.
Find out who is at high risk on the next page…