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I just read about a 35-year-old nursing mother who committed suicide few hours after dedicating her 3-months-old baby. The only reasonable explanation for such an act is Postpartum Depression, also known as postnatal depression. According to the report, the woman’s husband noticed the signs of depression but it never occurred to him that she could take her life.

About 80% of new moms experience the baby blues in the first couple of weeks after childbirth, which are caused by hormonal changes that takes place in a woman’s body after the birth of a child. Symptoms include irritability, crying spells, mood swings, trouble sleeping and sadness. These conditions are generally not serious and fades away quickly.

However, some moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of these feelings known as Postpartum Depression.


In addition to the symptoms mentioned earlier, it can also result in feeling of guilt or shame, withdrawal from friends and family, lack of joy, and difficulty bonding with the baby. It is usually treated by counseling and medication, but exercising, eating well, and getting enough rest can also help.

In rare cases, a woman may experience a severe form of depression known as Postpartum Psychosis. This condition is characterized by hallucinations, paranoia, irrational thoughts, and being a danger to oneself and the baby. This is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention because it can get worse and put the mother or others in danger.

It is important to understand that Postpartum Depression isn’t a character flaw or a weakness. These changes can be caused by hormonal changes that occur after pregnancy. Any woman can get postpartum depression in the months after childbirth, stillbirth, or miscarriage.

I usually feel so depressed whenever my mum leaves after the traditional omugwo otherwise known as the process of taking care of a nursing mother and her baby. After the birth of my first child my mum came around and the thought of her leaving would make me feel like crying unfortunately her omugo never exceeds 3 weeks because she’s still in service and has to return to work. After the birth of my first child i got so depressed cos aside my hubby who returns after work in the evening, I’m usually alone with the baby from morning till evening and that lonliness got me really depressed, infact I was looking for an excuse to go back to my fathers house. My second delivery was not so bad and unlike my first, I had my husbands cousin staying with me. She was wonderful company so I didnt feel so lonely. The truth is that it is easier for one to overcome this feeling when she has caring and understanding relatives around especially the mum also I discourage the idea that the mother-in law should be the one to stay with a woman at this moment because she would never be as understanding as a mother afterall I could comfortably tell my mum to prepare somthing for me to eat whereas doing same with my mum-in -law, would sound insulting to her. GBAM!

agoha_vivi: I usually feel so depressed whenever my mum leaves after the traditional omugwo otherwise known as the process of taking care of a nursing mother and her baby. After the birth of my first child my mum came around and the thought of her leaving would make me feel like crying unfortunately her omugo never exceeds 3 weeks because she’s still in service and has to return to work. After the birth of my first child i got so depressed cos aside my hubby who returns after work in the evening, I’m usually alone with the baby from morning till evening and that lonliness got me really depressed, infact I was looking for an excuse to go back to my fathers house. My second delivery was not so bad and unlike my first, I had my husbands cousin staying with me. She was wonderful company so I didnt feel so lonely. The truth is that it is easier for one to overcome this feeling when she has caring and understanding relatives around especially the mum also I discourage the idea that the mother-in law should be the one to stay with a woman at this moment because she would never be as understanding as a mother afterall I could comfortably tell my mum to prepare somthing for me to eat whereas doing same with my mum-in -law, would sound insulting to her. GBAM!tru talk Re: The Dangers Of Postpartum Depression by priscasmart( f): 4:58pm On Oct 20, 2013