Understanding Postpartum Psychosis

Postpartum Psychosis

Right after the childbirth, the Mothers body has undergone many changes and stress. Along with the responsibility of the new baby and the overwhelming feeling of becoming a new mother, these psychotic symptoms can arise.

It is natural. But women hide these symptoms due to the fear of the question that how will it be taken and what will people say about it. Although the risk of postpartum psychosis is high in women, who have suffered from some psychotic conditions or bipolar disorder before, any woman can be potentially at risk for Post-partum Psychosis after childbirth.

Following childbirth, some women suffer from sudden psychotic symptoms and certain temporary mental illnesses. These group of mental diseases along with psychotic symptoms are called Postpartum psychosis.

Post childbirth, the mother may suffer from extreme mood swings, irritation and hallucinations sometimes. She may require the help of a practicing psychiatrist and need hospitalisation. Postpartum psychosis is not a serious problem, it is quite common and can be dealt with. But in India, visiting a psychiatrist is a significant stigma. So first this stigma needs to be addressed and removed.


Puerperal Psychosis

Identifying and dealing with Postpartum psychosis is necessary. The condition can take the family and the mother herself by surprise, but we need to ensure that the stigma attached to the condition is dissolved. So that women can openly come and talk about their fears, exhaustion and hallucinations, which can happen due to sleep deprivation post pregnancy.

The mother is unable to sleep properly after pregnancy, with increased responsibility for the baby, waking up to feed and soothe the baby overnight. Care24 has specially catered to all the intricacies related to Postpartum psychosis, the stigma, fear and taboo related to Postpartum psychosis has been understood by Care24. The Postpartum Psychosis counselling has therefore been included in the Post-Natal services to take care of all the needs of the new mother post pregnancy so that she can enjoy her motherhood to the most.

Few steps can be taken to reduce the risk of Post-partum psychosis after childbirth. A detailed history of the mother should be taken during pregnancy by professionals. Also, the awareness should be spread within the family, the expecting mother and medical professionals to deal with these conditions through pregnancy education.

Expecting mothers should also take care of their diet.

They should exercise lightly few times a week to ensure a healthy pregnancy.


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