Postpartum Depression After C-Section

Some women experience postpartum depression after c-section, whether due to feelings of anxiety about taking care of a new baby, lack of sleep, or a history of mental illness. Symptoms can include thoughts of suicide, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, and anger. If symptoms of postpartum depression after c-section persist for 2 weeks or more, or if they become more severe, treatment should be sought.

Postpartum Depression After C-Section: An Overview

In the first days after childbirth, about 8 out of 10 women will experience mood swings or mild depression, often called the "baby blues." It is considered normal for women to feel the baby blues for about 3 to 10 days after childbirth. These feelings usually go away in a week or two, and don't need to be treated.
 
But if your blues last longer than 2 weeks, or are more severe, you may have postpartum depression, which happens in about 10 to 15 out of 100 women.
 

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression After C-Section

With postpartum depression, women commonly experience:
 
  • Strong feelings of depression, anger, doubt, guilt, or helplessness that seem to get worse over time
  • An inability to care for themselves or their baby
  • Change in appetite
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Being intensely worried or concerned about the baby
  • Having little or no interest in the baby
  • Thoughts of suicide.
     

Causes of Postpartum Depression After C-Section

These feelings can happen for many reasons, including:
 
  • Hormonal changes
  • Anxiety about taking care of a new baby
  • Exhaustion from labor and lack of sleep
  • Feeling overwhelmed with life's circumstances
  • Having little or no help during the first few days after giving birth
  • An emotional letdown following the experience of childbirth
  • Previous mental illness or depression.
     
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