What is puerperant depression and when does it end
This type of depression, which affects and suggests many women giving birth, can take up to a year in some women.
Puerperant depression affects between 10% and 20% of women giving birth, according to research. Although not as serious as depression, puerperant (baby blues), which expresses mood changes due to puerperience, is seen in approximately 80% of new mothers.
Hormonal changes that occur to support the development of the baby during pregnancy continue to affect women in the process of restoring the body after birth. While trying to get used to life with babies, women can experience some spiritual ups and downs depending on the transformations in their bodies. In some women, this situation turns into symptoms of depression and is called puerperant depression.
Although considered as a serious condition, puerperal depression is a condition that can be coped with the right support and treatment. The important thing is that women and families are informed about the issue, become conscious and do not hesitate to get professional help when necessary by following the symptoms correctly.
When does puerperant depression begin?
Puerperal depression may start immediately after birth, or the first symptoms may appear one year after birth. Sometimes symptoms of puerperant depression can be ignored, as fatigue, fatigue and confusion that are experienced immediately after birth are considered normal. However, it is very important to carefully observe and notice the symptoms of depression that may occur during the postpartum phase, which means 4-6 weeks after birth.
Symptoms of puerperal depression can also appear at any time within one year after birth.
How long does postpartum depression last?
It is also not easy to determine a statistic on how long it will take, as the onset time of puerperal depression may not be fully predicted. However, a 2014 study revealed that puerperal depression usually lasts between 3 and 6 months.
According to the research, the number of women who continue to show depression symptoms after the 6-month period is not small. A majority of around 30% to 50% can continue to show signs of postpartum depression within one year after birth, and a lesser majority for 3 years.
Why does puerperant depression last long?
Just as every woman’s pregnancy and birth is different, the postpartum processes progress differently. The following causes can cause puerperal depression to take longer:
Previous history of depression or mental illness,
A medically difficult or problematic pregnancy and childbirth,
Not getting enough support from spouse, family and environment,
Significant changes in postpartum (such as loss, sadness, mourning, moving)
A history of puerperant depression after previous pregnancies.