The birth of a new baby is publicized to be a very happy time for the mother, but the truth is a significant number of mothers experience postpartum depression. The exact cause of this condition is hard to pinpoint. Hormonal changes and lack of sufficient sleep are key factors, but there is more to it. The most important thing for new mothers to understand is that postpartum depression is not their fault or linked to actions they did or did not take during pregnancy.
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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