Pretty much all of us have heard the phrase “postpartum depression”, but what exactly is it? That’s kind of a layered question, one that scientists and physicians are constantly researching answers to. One of the most concise ways to explain it is when a woman is pregnant, everything about her changes—mind, body and spirit.
Once she gives birth, between the (oftentimes) drastic hormonal shifts that she goes through, compounded by the pressures of raising a new baby while processing all that comes with it—that can make her feel so overwhelmed that it can trigger a specific kind of depression. The kind that is directly linked to childbirth.
What’s fascinating is it’s not only women who suffer from postpartum depression. There are some fathers who struggle with it as well as they try to figure out how to deal with the new normal of not only raising a child but adjusting to the shifts in their relationship with the child’s mother too.
Since postpartum depression oftentimes goes under the radar with men, if you’ve recently had a baby, how can you know if this is something your child’s father may be going through?