Infertility and Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Infertility and Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Postpartum depression is just what the name suggests: depression after delivery. It causes extreme emotions and you can feel the urge to cry without reason or for the smallest reasons, you may feel sad, and the feeling of apathy may take over you. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The feelings you go through may be mild or they may be severe. Mild feelings can be overcome without difficulty but others suffer from severe postpartum depression and that might need treatment.

What is postpartum depression?

This is a depressive disorder. Women who have just given birth will experience depression immediately after delivery or about four weeks later. All the main symptoms resemble that of normal depression but there are a few more symptoms specific to PPD.

These include severe mood swings. The symptoms are sometimes so severe that they can ruin your normal functioning. You should know how to distinguish between mild depression, which is referred to as Baby Blues at times and severe PPD. Mild depression won’t hamper your functioning at all.

You should also not confuse it with postpartum psychosis, which causes delusions, hallucinations, depersonalization, and sleep disturbance.

Reasons

PPD can be caused due to a number of reasons. The first and foremost reason is hormonal changes. Once you give birth, the levels of progesterone and estrogen go down dramatically.

The thyroid hormone levels also come down. Such changes can cause mood swings and sluggishness. There are also emotional factors that can cause PPD.

These may be because you are not able to get enough sleep and because you are overly conscious about your body image. Another reason behind PPD is that you may find the responsibility of taking care of a child overwhelming.

Infertility treatments and PPD

Many studies have linked infertility and PPD. These studies show that women who have gotten pregnant through fertility treatment experience severe PPD when compared to women who get pregnant naturally. The likelihood of suffering with PPD after taking health measures is five times more than normal. This may be because of a number of reasons.

When she goes through pregnancy treatments, everything is in such a rush that the woman fails to focus on how she feels. The entire time, she is more focused on what she should do in order to have a baby that she forgets to take time out for herself. Only when she gives birth do all these suppressed feelings come and hit her at once. As a result, she feels depressed, overwhelmed, and sad.

PPD and bonding

Women who have gone through fertility treatments to get pregnant also may have problems bonding with their newborn. They generally need more time to get attached. However, there is nothing to worry about. There is plenty of medical help to come to your aid and to guide you through this very difficult time.

Conclusion

If your feelings are way too severe and you feel nothing towards your baby, it is important that you see the doctor and talk about your problem. There is no need to hate yourself or to be ashamed of how you feel. PPD is completely normal and occurs in many women.

It is just that it is generally more severe if you have gone through fertility treatments. Brace yourself for this, discuss options early on, and you will do just fine. Hormonal therapy, psychiatric help, and information about the safe antidepressants can help you overcome PPD effectively.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.