Postpartum Depression: What You Need To Know

Many people were surprised when the acclaimed singer Adele admitted to suffering from serious attacks of depression following the birth of her son Angelo in 2012. "I was obsessed with my child. I felt very inadequate; I felt like I'd made the worst decision of my life," she described. People were shocked even further when the model Chrissy Teigen admitted to having postpartum depression, saying “I couldn't figure out why I was so unhappy”. These feelings go against the traditional cultural beliefs regarding new mothers. It is normally expected that new mothers are brimming with joy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but not everyone has that experience. Experts assert that 1 out of every 7 women (who have given birth or will give birth in the future) will experience some form of pregnancy-related mood disorder. Let's go over this stressful, yet treatable condition.

What is postpartum depression?

The “baby blues” are relatively common among new mothers; the term simply describes a heightened emotional state produced by the massive fluctuation of hormones in the body of a woman who has recently given birth. This produces general feelings of anxiety and interferes with sleep and typically goes away after a week or two. Sometimes, those baby blues stick around for a longer time, devolving into postpartum depression. Much like the clinical depression with which you are probably familiar, the condition is characterized by symptoms like mood swings, increased irratability, unexplained anger or sadness, etc. Postpartum depression can also make women have disturbing thoughts about their baby.

What Causes Postpartum Depression?

As mentioned above, one of the major contributors to postpartum depression is a wild fluctuation of hormones. Although your body is usually pretty good at balancing out its chemicals, it gets a bit flustered up sometimes, and that can take a toll following a pregnancy. New mothers typically do not get anywhere near the amount of sleep they actually need, and lack of sleep is a major risk factor for depression. There's also another major risk factor for postpartum depression, and it's one that we're quite familiar with here at Yarlap®.

Urinary Incontinence and Depression

Obviously, if you cannot urinate like you're used to, then it's not going to have a great effect on your mood. The frustration and stress experienced because of urinary incontinence massively increases the risk of postpartum depression. As we've discussed many times before, new mothers are at a heightened risk for urinary incontinence, particularly if they had a vaginal delivery, because of the immense stress experienced by the pelvic floor muscles. Many mothers fighting against postpartum depression are prescribed antidepressants, which often contribute to urinary problems. If you have diabetes, the risk for both incontinence and postpartum depression goes up even further. It's a vicious cycle: the depression medications can decrease your ability to urinate, which can exacerbate your depression.

As much as we wish we could, we cannot directly treat your postpartum depression. But we would give each and every one of you a big bear hug if we could. Medications are always an option of course, and regular exercise plus a balanced, nutritious diet goes a long way in stabilizing your mood. The Yarlap is proven to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and grant greater bladder control in just 20 mintues a day. So if the incontinence is bothering with your mood, let Yarlap help you out by taking that issue away. We want to help you lift what can be a tremendous burden off your shoulders. You shouldn't be ashamed of postpartum depression; only when you acknowledge the problem can you begin to defeat it.

For more information on conditions that affect mental health, resources, and research, go to MentalHealth.gov at http://www.mentalhealth.gov or feel free to toll-free call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (it’s a 24-hour hotline for you).

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