Post partum mood swings tend to occur during the first few week or so following childbirth. It can, however, last only a matter of hours. Such mood swings are part and parcel of post partum blues which, if not treated immediately and properly, could lead to post partum depression.
How to Know If You Are Suffering from Post Partum Mood Swings
There are several indicators you can watch out for to determine if a loved one is suffering from mood swings caused by post partum blues or depression.
Feelings of Helplessness and Hopelessness
This is prevalent with first-time mothers. Naturally, becoming a mother is new to them and it’s not even something they could accept gradually. Pregnancy makes the idea of motherhood somewhat concrete, but one can only fully comprehend its impact upon childbirth.
The feelings accompanying this momentous occasion can be overwhelming, enough to make a woman feel helpless and hopeless with no prior background or experience to rely on. In such cases, it’s easy for a woman to experience mood swings after on.
Childbirth is not a painless process. There will always be an amount of pain involved in giving birth and such pain can be a tremendous burden on your body. After giving birth, it’s natural for a woman to feel exceptionally tired. The demands of motherhood or even the simple act of talking with your loved ones can be considered onerous and make the new mother prone to mood swings.
Tearfulness or Sadness
Hormonal imbalances occur when you are pregnant and when you give birth, these imbalances will straighten themselves out but at the expense of your physical comfort. While your body seeks to put your hormones into order, you’ll have to suffer from its effects in the meantime. One common effect is hypersensitivity.