Published on January 27th, 2014 in Mental Health
Postpartum depression is a severe and lasting type of depression that is distinct from the usual baby blues. Giving birth, especially for the first time, is a life-changing event. New mothers are faced with a host of challenges, including worrying about how to raise a child, financial considerations and how the baby will strain the relationship with the father.
In addition to these natural worries and concerns, new mothers are also faced with the physical demands of childbirth and childcare. Pregnancy causes huge changes to a woman’s life and to her body. Hormones shift and result in powerful emotions that seem uncontrollable. For a woman who has to deal with postpartum depression on top of everything else, motherhood can get off to a rocky start.