Postpartum depression is a disorder often underrated, but very serious, both for the mother who is suffering and for your environment. Scientists try to find the biological cause of this situation of anxiety that affects women just be mother.
Related depression with a brain mechanism, with the production of copper in the body and the fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone levels. In a similar direction, scientists at the University of California say that the triggering factor could be in one hormone produced by the placenta toward the middle of the pregnancy.
To conduct research with pregnant women they found that high levels of the releasing hormone adrenocorticotropic hormone (CRH, its acronym in English) between the 23 and week 26 of pregnancy clearly predicted the development of postpartum depression.
Of studies confirm a link between the change in hormone levels in pregnancy and a subsequent postpartum depression, can perform analysis in pregnant women to detect potential risks and where appropriate, create drugs to regulate them.
A postpartum depression is more serious than a mild “nostalgia of the postpartum” or “baby”blues”. It is a very serious condition that begins between the fourth and sixth week after giving birth and as we have seen, also the parents can suffer. In extreme cases, the mother may even reject the baby or trying to hurt.
Without however, let us remember that there are many other factors responsible for triggering a postpartum depression, as for example have suffered episodes of depression, lack of family support, low self-esteem or have had a stressful pregnancy.