Mothers are vulnerable especially after child birth. In fact, about two thirds of women encounter postnatal depression in their first week after delivery. Postnatal Depression (PND) is therefore not a case unheard of here in Singapore.
Doctors believe that the common cause of PND is hormonal changes. Other causes include biological, emotional and psychological changes. Factors that contribute to the progression of PND include weight gain sorrow or changes in body shape, sleep deprivation, family problems, financial difficulties and lack of support.
Now that you know the causes, it is time to proceed to the symptoms. The symptoms of PND include irritability, loss of confidence, body aches, tiredness, anxiety, panic attacks and other negative emotions. It can be mild or severe.
The prevention is simple yet effective – manage stress levels during your pregnancy and after delivery. If you are at risk of developing PND, it helps if you acknowledge it and seek for the support of the people around you. Early intervention is crucial. Do not wait for your relationship and your body to deteriorate.
You can also consider treatment options should your case progress. The good thing is that there are many doctors here in Singapore that can offer psychological treatments. These psychological treatments can include cognitive-behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy. If the case is severe, a medication may be included depending on the doctor.
If you want to seek support apart from your circle of family and friends, you can head to The Perinatal Depression Support Group situated in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Sessions will be conducted with managers every first Tuesday of the month.