The Blue Phase

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Most women have heard of postpartum depression, however, given the negative connotations those psychological disorders, few admit to be suffering from it. These concerns can only be overcome if there is awareness about the ailment.

While reading the relevant books of pregnancy I came across the term and what it entails. My first thought was why would a mother be unhappy after the birth of a beautiful, healthy baby? However, one of my friends, who had been through it a few months ago told me to be prepared for it. The baby need constant care and attention, and it seems that as soon as it was mother's turn for sleep, the baby up to cry again!

Once this rough patch was over the mother starting settling down into a routine and things became better. The mother than felt like curling up to rest without realizing that I was withdrawing and not resting anymore.

This was ‘The blues phase' lasted few weeks and started fading away as the baby got little older and gained independence. During the blue phase, each day seems like interminable but afterwards it start becoming like normal.

After delivery many women experience baby blues that last for a few days or what is known as postpartum depression, which can last a few weeks or months if left untreated. The factors behind it are usually emotional. After nine months of carrying a baby, the delivery can actually trigger a sense of loss; additionally, having a newborn to care for brings a heavy sense of responsibility and worries in its wake.

There can also be physical factors such as radical changes in hormone levels and other biological substances as a woman's body switches back to its normal state; sleep deprivation and exhaustion from taking care of a new baby also take their toll. Women who suffer from postnatal depression often go undiagnosed. Typically, an obstetrician will see a new mother only once to check for infections in stitches or other such problems. Hardly ever does new mothers get any counseling or is even checked for symptoms of depression.

It is imperative for the family, especially the husband, to understand the condition and be able to recognize the symptoms so they can seek help. Providing support and reassurance is also very important, as most women recover without need for treatment once they get a supportive environment.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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