For us to understand the mechanism of Postnatal Depression we must first look objectively at the whole process of pregnancy and birth.
From the moment of conception there are many influences that come into play. The psychological state is at its extreme, containing excitement, fear, joy and uncertainty. The physical aspect is transforming, hormones charging, physical shape expanding, along with bouts of nausea and sickness.
Overall all feelings are prominent and exaggerated, which individuals will go through on an hourly basis.
We then come to the birth itself, which is again extremely daunting and exciting, filled with a tremendous fear of the unknown. Regardless of preparation whether a natural birth, drug free, drug fuelled, or caesarean the whole process of giving birth will never be as you anticipated and emotions will be extreme both negative and positive.
Immediately after birth there is a calm, a new life has emerged and you rejoice in the arrival of your baby. Then soon after the excitement comes the realisation that life has changed and will never be the same again.
If we look objectively at all elements the whole process of pregnancy and birth contains transformation on every level, mental, emotional, psychological and physical.
It is during this period of trying to adjust and adapt to this new role where it can all feel a bit too overwhelming. Naturally the physical aspect is beginning the reversal process, but her there is the realisation that part of your body is no longer with you, your baby.
Any separation in life can cause us extreme sadness, but this separation is different. Your baby was growing inside of you, a part of you for nine months, and your sole responsibility that you protected and nurtured, where a spiritual connection was made. Now your baby is an independent life, plus grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends are handling your baby. Of course this is expected and what happens in our society, but that doesn’t prepare you for the feelings that you have.
Anger and possessiveness provoke emotions that are very difficult to vent. When you are in it, it becomes impossible to comprehend because at that moment nothing matters, it is as if everything has been lost.
Ultimately this process is just another natural transformation in the long line of events that took place during pregnancy and birth and must be understood as a natural process.
It is advisable that before birth individuals put all the above into perspective and develop an understanding about this process, it will certainly ease the burden of suffering and will make this period easier to digest and cope with.