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Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Requires a Check

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Becoming parents is indeed one of the greatest pleasures that one can have their life. But, pregnancy itself brings several things that may have long-lasting effects on human beings. 

Depression during and post-pregnancy is one of the most significant things that affects many females throughout the globe. In the last two years, the pandemic has only made the situation worse, say many healthcare practitioners. 

According to medical experts, this kind of depression includes heightened anxiety, deep sadness, and exhaustion. This makes it difficult for females to take care of themselves and their families. 

Clayton J. Shuman, an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, says that even before the pandemic, there was a rapid increase in postpartum depression cases. COVID just acted like a catalyst, the Washington Post reports. 

According to the study published in the BMC Research Notes, a fifth of the 670 survey respondents thought of harming themselves. The study showed that the reasons for this include neonatal ICU admission, worry about the coronavirus infection, and formula feeding. 

During the pandemic, and because of lockdowns and visitation limits, many people developed a feeling of isolation. Experts say that this was mental issues because the coronavirus were more common among people of color, and they didn’t get treatment as they required. 

Another significant reason for the rise in mental health issues is the lack of community support and stressful and lonely deliveries. During the pandemic, hospitals were very strict in following the COVID-appropriate behaviors, and thus, people had to deliver on their own. Some hospitals didn’t even admit the woman’s partner or spouse, as reported by the Washington Post. 

Also, lack of community help was a big problem during the initial two years of the pandemic. Even post-pregnancy, because of limits in visitation, people didn’t get time to get along with each other. This was more difficult for first-time mothers. They didn’t have experience in raising a toddler. This stress indeed worsens their mental health. 

Now, the situation is moving near to normal, the authorities must do something to tackle this silent issue. 

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