Specialist Dr. Jila Senemar, Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida, advises pulling patients with postpartum depression out of isolation, even though they feel that it is what they need. She says those patients need to be out, to be productive, to involve with family and friends and they need to be with their babies. Dr. Senemar advises calling 911 or any other line to find help in a crisis moment.
Normally, the postpartum depression starts maybe two or three weeks after the delivery. Dr. Jila Senemar, Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida, recommends if a relative has somebody that's having the baby blues, but they are not getting better within a week or two, that's when they need to ask for help. Postpartum depression also can happen with a miscarriage or stillbirth, affirms Dr. Senemar, who adds It's worse in patients whoâ€™ve had difficulty to conceive and cannot carry the pregnancy to term.
There's a difference between postpartum depression and Baby blues. In both cases, Dr. Jila Senemar, Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida, advises consulting with a qualified physician in order to manage the situation. She also says there is a spectrum of these mood disorders after delivering a baby in a postpartum period. In Baby blues they can set in around 2 or 3 days after delivery and they are usually the consequences of the drop in the hormones.
Dr. Jila Senemar, Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains physicians need to start with a specific questionnaire to find out and specify what issues they are having with the intention of applying the best therapy in postpartum cases. The ideal combination, she affirms, would be: family support, therapy with trained specialists (psychologists, counselors) and medication if it is necessary.
Changes in appetite and sleep, depression and anxiety, negative feelings toward the baby or feeling rejected by the baby, difficulty taking care of the baby, isolating behavior, fatigue and thoughts of death or suicide are the most common symptoms of postpartum depression. Dr. Jila Senemar, Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida, says postpartum depression is very common, because it is a huge change for a woman, especially if the baby is her first child and, in many cases, she doesnâ€™t know what to do.