10 April, 2017

Baby Blues: Prepartum and Postpartum Depression

Pregnancy is a time when there is a lot of hormonal activity going on. While many women may be glowing with happiness, for some, it can be a time of intense, negative emotions- called postpartum depression. It is often difficult to differentiate between hormonal imbalances and signs of depression. We, at KIMS Cuddles, help you to understand depression, during and after pregnancy.

Prepartum or Prenatal Depression

Although postpartum depression is widely recognized and discussed, many women experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy. This is known as Prepartum or Prenatal depression. According to a study, almost 70% of women have experienced one or more symptoms of prenatal depression.

Diagnosis of this kind of depression is difficult because their symptoms are similar to that of a normal pregnancy. But when left untreated, depression can be harmful to both mother and the fetus. If you’ve been feeling three or more of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, talk to your doctor for treatment options:

  • Feeling a sense of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness.
  • Constant fatigue or being low on energy
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Lack of interest in activities that you usually enjoy
  • Trouble sleeping or feeling sleepy all the time
  • Change in eating habits
  • Change in weight (weight gain or weight loss)
  • Recurring thoughts about death or suicide


When left untreated, depressed mothers have a higher risk of birth complications and premature birth, and their babies may face lower birth weights, cognitive and language delays and other behavioral problems. It is important to seek help immediately. Your doctor may recommend treatments that may include:

  • Psychotherapy – Your doctor might refer you to a trained mental health professional. Regular sessions of psychotherapy have been found to be effective in managing depression.
  • Local support groups – Some places have local support groups that help in the process of recovery. You can check online to find similar groups around you.
  • Medications – If you need to be put on antidepressants, there needs to be collaboration between your gynecologist and your mental health professional. Many antidepressants aren’t recommended during pregnancy, but your doctors may be able to prescribe what is suitable for you.
  • Exercise and Balanced Diet – Regular exercising and wholesome diet can boost your mental health.

Postpartum Depression

It is said that between 40-80% of all new mothers experience baby blues. It is an emotional state of unhappiness, worry, self-doubt and fatigue, which may be caused due to hormonal changes as well. Baby blues typically go away within a week or two. If the emotions feel more intense and you feel incapacitated even after two weeks, it might be Postpartum Depression.

It is difficult to differentiate between clinical depression and normal stress of new parenthood. Studies indicate that at least 10% of all new mothers are affected by postpartum depression. The symptoms may include:

  • Feeling extreme sadness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Feeling angry or irritable
  • Crying all the time
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying awake
  • Loss of enjoyment in regular activity
  • Restlessness or sluggishness
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Difficulty in concentration or making decisions
  • Feeling that life isn’t worth living
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Worrying obsessively about your baby

In rare cases, women with postpartum depression may get delusional and even harm their babies. This is known as postpartum psychosis.


Women who are feeling suicidal or have constant thoughts of hurting their baby, need urgent medical attention. Postpartum depression may range from mild to severe. Depending on the severity, your doctor may suggest appropriate line of treatment, which is similar to the treatment for prepartum depression, as discussed above. However, some women with severe depression may not respond well to psychotherapy, support groups or medication. In such cases, doctors might suggest electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

If you’re feeling depressed or anxious, know that you’re not alone – and that several women around the world have faced it. Our doctors at KIMS Cuddles will do everything in their capacity to help you deal with prenatal and postpartum depression.

*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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21 January, 2021

4 Quick Tips For Uterine Infections Post-Delivery

It is highly known that UTIs are common for women and are even more common in pregnant women. Since the developing foetus may place pressure on the bladder and urinary tract, UTIs are more common during pregnancy and persist even after pregnancy. Although UTIs are common, they have to be treated and prevented for a healthier pregnancy and post-delivery period. Leaving them might lead to higher complications during pregnancy, leading to an unstable period post-delivery.  Thus, here are four quick tips for handling uterine infections post-delivery.  Drinking plenty of water  Drinking a minimum of eight full glasses of water a day is essential to avoid or handle UTIs. Water dilutes urine present in the bladder and helps flush bacteria out of the urinary tract with ease. The more the water, the more the bacteria gets pumped out. Having a good amount of water is a quick and easy way to rejuvenate your body.  Emptying the bladder before urge rises  Holding back the quick urge to empty your bladder pressurises the nerves in your bladder. In cases when you hold the pressure for too long or make this routine often, the nerves in your bladder will be at risk and start losing efficiency. That is why it is always suggested to urinate frequently and empty the bladder
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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