5 ways depression in new mother affects baby

This article was first published on YourDOST

New mothers are triggered with series of conflicted emotions, from excitement to fear and anxiety. This fear can result in “postpartum baby blues,” in other words, “postpartum depression.” The symptoms may include mood swings, anxiety and lack of sleep to name a few. Pre and postpartum depressions affect 10 to 15% of women.

Here’s why new mothers should be screened for depression:

Increased risk of miscarriage

Depression during pregnancy can create can create hurdles in the development of the foetus, increasing the risk of miscarriage. Too much stress is not healthy for the foetus. New mothers should be happy and stress-free during pregnancy.

Affects the development of the baby

Post pregnancy depression or postpartum depression can curtail the emotional and cognitive development of the baby. A negative impact is created on the newborn when there is a lack of interaction or negative interaction.

Mother’s health is affected

Hopelessness and inertia are often symptoms of depression. It becomes very difficult for a mother to live with anxiety. There may be a lack of sleep, extreme mood swings which affect the physical as well as the mental health of the mothers.

Remove the stigma

Mental health has been stigmatised. Mothers would not share about their experience with depression due to the taboo attached to depression. Having a universal screening to all new mothers can help remove such stigma.

Postpartum depression can lead to other conditions

Postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress disorder can be interrelated. The symptoms of postpartum depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are correlated. Screening new mothers of such conditions can help in better diagnosis and treatment.

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