Why Am I Struggling with Postpartum Depression?

Don't let postpartum depression weigh you down

Why Am I Struggling with Postpartum Depression?

By Depression Connect StaffA Published at December 8, 2017 Views 5,258 Comments 4

A new baby is supposed to be a reason for joy and excitement, but that isn't the case for everyone. In fact, it's not uncommon for new moms to struggle with a wave of emotion, and in some cases become depressed. Known as postpartum depression, feelings of sadness following the birth of your child are nothing to be ashamed of. According to the Mayo Clinic, proper treatment may help to ease these symptoms and allow you to enjoy being a new mom. However, if you're still struggling with coming to terms as to why you are dealing with postpartum depression, an editorial from Northwestern University may be able to shed some light on the question.

According to a press release from the university, a Chinese study found that females who had an epidural during normal delivery were less likely to develop postpartum depression than those who did not. In fact, women whose pain was managed only had a 14 percent rate of developing depression at six weeks postpartum, while 35 percent of the females whose pain was unaddressed developed the disorder.

"There is a well-known relationship between acute and chronic pain and depression," Dr. Katherine Wisner, a perinatal psychiatrist, explained in a statement.

The study helped show that it makes sense that there may be a link between pain during delivery and postpartum depression. Wisner further explained to the source that this evidence provides support to conduct additional research on the subject. It was also noted that new moms who suffer from postpartum pain may also have a greater risk of experiencing depressive symptoms. Wisner explained that women who experience pain one to two months following delivery should be screened for the disorder and treated for their discomfort.

"Pain control gets the mother off to a good beginning rather than starting off defeated and exhausted," Wisner advised.

To learn more about postpartum depression:

Can Postpartum Depression Become Chronic?
Why Women get Depression During Pregnancy
More Than Just the "Baby Blues"

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