This illness affects a certain percentage of women after childbirth. Everyone knows that the birth of a new baby should be a very happy time for the mother. When you consider all the women who put themselves through very unpleasant medical procedures and heavy expense in the hope of having a baby, it is hard to understand why this event could trigger such negative feelings. The exact cause of this depression is hard to pinpoint. Hormonal changes and lack of sufficient sleep are key factors, but there is also an emotional element in the equation. Postpartum depression is not linked with any particular actions the mother takes or does not take.
It is easy enough to understand how a new mother, and especially a first-time mother, might feel overwhelmed by the challenge she faces. Family and friends expect her to be overjoyed at the new addition to the family but her instead of being upbeat she considers herself poorly suited to motherhood. It is quite natural to experience these kinds of emotions now and again, but postpartum depression makes her feel in this low state much of the time. It is extremely difficult for her to see the light at the end of the tunnel and this despair aggravates her condition.
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