Husband Cheats on Wife While She Had Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby is a momentous event in the life of every couple. A bundle of joy can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions ranging from excitement and joy, but also to fear and anxiety. It can also result in an end range that is quite unexpected — depression.

According to Mayo Clinic, “postpartum baby blues” after childbirth is actually quite common new mothers, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks.

But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Signs and symptoms of depression after childbirth vary in duration and severity from person to person. The most severe level of postpartum depression is called postpartum psychosis.


Postpartum baby blues symptoms

  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Irritability
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Crying
  • Reduced concentration
  • Appetite problems
  • Trouble sleeping

Postpartum depression symptoms

Postpartum depression may be mistaken for baby blues at first, but the symptoms are more intense and last longer. They may eventually interfere with daily function and your ability to care for your baby. Mothers usually develop symptoms within the first few weeks after giving birth, but onset can also be delayed up to six months after birth.

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings
  • Difficulty bonding with your baby
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
  • Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
  • Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
  • Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Intense irritability and anger
  • Fear that you’re not a good mother
  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.


Postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis is a rare condition that typically develops within the first week after delivery, with signs and symptoms are even more severe than those of postpartum depression. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Obsessive thoughts about your baby
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Paranoia
  • Attempts to harm yourself or your baby

Establishing support

Stories like that of Betsy Ayala’s are very common. When Betsy gave birth to her daughter in 2013, she hit her highest weight yet at over 260 pounds. She began to suffer from anxiety and postpartum depression, which made her life increasingly difficult.

To make matters worse, she found out that her husband was cheating on her.

Husband Cheats on Wife While She Had Postpartum Depression

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Ayala was determined to not let the pitfall define her, and started to make permanent changes in her life. Cleaning up her diet and embracing nutrition, she went through a radical beautification process losing over 100 pounds. Her personal transformation has also transmuted into a business, and she is now thriving as a health coach.

The takeaway from this story is that postpartum depression is widespread and real. New mothers and couples must work together as a union in recognizing that is likely a natural aspect of childbirth.

When to see a doctor

Feeling depressed after your baby’s birth may be the last thing you want to admit, but it’s important to realize that the spectrum of postpartum baby blues through depression and even psychosis is relatively normal. It is vital, however, to reach out for external support if your depression has any of these features:

  • Don’t fade after two weeks
  • Are getting worse
  • Make it hard for you to care for your baby
  • Make it hard to complete everyday tasks
  • Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

 

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