“Life After Baby”
The Duchess of Cambridge is experiencing the joys of motherhood, but, along with that adorable baby comes overwhelming change inside and out.
Dr. Rebecca Starck, an OB/GYN of Cleveland Clinic said there’s simply no way to completely prepare someone for life after baby.
“Hormones are raging! Everything changes! Your cardiovascular system changes. Your cardio output changes. Everything changes." She explained, "The hormones that stimulate breastfeeding and breast milk production are increasing, that’s changing. Your uterus is contracting, which is reducing your bleeding, your blood loss. There’s all sorts of things.”
Dr. Starck adds that 1 in 10 women will develop postpartum depression after delivery.
Moms may have extreme ‘highs’ and ‘lows’, crying, irritability, fatigue, anxiety and may be unable to care for themselves or their baby and postpartum depression can last several weeks up to a year.
She said a lot of women expect to feel elated over their baby and when they don’t, they feel embarrassed and won’t talk about it, but, she encourages women to talk to their doctor.
“10-15 percent will be diagnosed with postpartum depression, many of whom will need medication, and medication’s OK."Said Dr. Starck, "It makes them feel normal, makes them feel balanced, makes them feel in control. And that can be such an empowering experience and can really turn what could be a ruined experience, into a wonderful thing.” :20
Having a new baby can be very overwhelming and isolating.
Dr. Starck says a good social support system of friends and family may also help a new mom get through a bumpy postpartum.