What is peripartum wellness?
The word peripartum refers to a period of time immediately before, during, or after childbirth. Many of the new moms will experience what’s called “baby blues”, in which they experience being in a constant mood of sadness and feeling down after the birth. Up to 75% of women can experience this, however, baby blues are expected to last up to two weeks and typically goes away. However, postpartum depression is a more serious disorder, and up to 15% of women are at risk of developing the disorder.
What is perinatal depression?
Perinatal depression refers to a mood disorder related to during or after childbirth. There are two types of perinatal depression: prenatal depression, and postpartum depression.
- Prenatal depression: depression that develops during pregnancy
- Postpartum depression: depression that develops after pregnancy
Baby blues vs. perinatal depression
Baby blues and perinatal depression have very similar symptoms, so it’s difficult to tell in the beginning. However, baby blues are shorter in duration and the symptoms are less intense compared to perinatal depression. Usually, baby blues last for about 2 weeks after the birth. Perinatal depression, on the other hand, does not get better over time and the symptoms get more intense. It also can last for a longer period of time.
Is perinatal depression treatable?
Yes, with proper medical care and support from family, many women report that their symptoms improve over time. It is important for women with perinatal depression to seek help from their family and a medical professional. If not treated, it can lead to serious health problems for herself and the baby. Many women experience perinatal depression, so they should not feel guilty or embarrassed for seeking help.