5 Postpartum depression symptoms you should know

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Parenting is an emotional rollercoaster that you can’t jump out off. While this is normal, for some it could last for weeks and months.

Parenting is rarely the romanticised idea of bliss that many new mothers make it out to be. In fact, for some it could be downright difficult.

It’s an emotional rollercoaster that you can’t jump out off. While this is normal and often passes, for some new mothers it could last for weeks and months, eventually becoming something too overwhelming to deal with.

You’re often sad, tired, depressed, and the simplest of things start to scare you to death.

When this happens, chances are you are suffering from postpartum depression. If you suspect that you have it, here are five signs to look for, based on a Cheat Sheet article by Lauren Weiler.

1. Feelings of hopelessness, anger, or sadness

While it’s understandable that new mothers fmay eel overwhelmed by the changes in her life, postpartum depression makes them feel as though they’re not equipped to be a mother. Other feelings, such as the belief that having a baby was a bad idea, may start creeping in.

These thoughts are quickly followed by guilt, because you believe you should have a better handle on your emotions as a mother. You may also find it difficult to bond with your child during this period, which can lead to anger and sadness.

2. Loss of appetite

Although postpartum depression occurs inside their head, new mothers may also experience it physically by undereating or overeating. WebMD also says that you may also experience having little energy to care for a child. In some cases, you may feel drained even after waking up in the morning.

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