Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015
What Causes PPD (Postpartum Depression)?

Depression after childbirth is called postpartum depression. Hormonal changes may trigger symptoms of postpartum depression. When you are pregnant, levels of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone increase greatly. In the first 24 hours after childbirth, hormone levels quickly return to normal. Researchers think the big change in hormone levels may lead to depression. This is much like the way smaller hormone changes can affect a woman’s moods before she gets her period.

Levels of thyroid hormones may also drop after giving birth. The thyroid is a small gland in the neck that helps regulate how your body uses and stores energy from food. Low levels of thyroid hormones can cause symptoms of depression. A simple blood test can tell if this condition is causing your symptoms. If so, your doctor can prescribe thyroid medicine.

Other factors may play a role in postpartum depression. You may feel:

* Tired after delivery

* Tired from a lack of sleep or broken sleepCauses of Postpartum   depression

* Overwhelmed with a new baby

* Doubts about your ability to be a good mother

* Stress from changes in work and home routines

* An unrealistic need to be a perfect mom

* Loss of who you were before having the baby

* Less attractive

* A lack of free time