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While it isn't talked about much, Caesarean Depression DOES exist. Some women feel as though they have failed, and feel extremely "let down" by the process of having a Caesarean instead of a vaginal birth. Some women actually experience nightmares or anxiety attacks. This type of depression can last for weeks or years. It is important, if experiencing any symptoms of depression after your Caesarean to consult with your doctor.
Women most at risk for Caesarean Depression:
**Experienced unpleasant side affects from the anaesthesia
**Felt let down by their doctor, hospital or nursing staff
**Felt as though they had been forced into unwanted medical intervention by their doctor or nursing staff
**Attempted breastfeeding, but were unable to due to the common side affects of medications and pain related to the Caesarean
**Expected a natural vaginal birth
**Experienced complications during their laboring process or an emergency and complicated Caesrean.
The symptoms of PPD include the inability to sleep, weepiness, anxiety, nightmares, fatigue, lack of appetite, irritability, moodiness, suicidal thoughts, negative thoughts toward the baby. Caesarian Depression symptoms include those but is also accompanied by feelings of failure, inadequacey, loss and disappointment.
It is common to feel regret about having a C-section. Perhaps you didn't prepare yourself for a C-section, an now you are left feeling as though you must have made a mistake. Remember, regret is a normal emotion, but do not let it eat at you. A C-section is just one more sacrifice that we as mothers must make to protect our young.
The women least likely to form Caesarian Depression are those who:
**Adapt easily to the unexpected.
**Trust thier doctors/hospital/staff and feel that a C-section, in their situation, was completely necessary.
**Are not concerned with the birth "experience."
**Planned their C-section.
If you begin to experience the common symptoms of depression after your Caesarian, it is important to contact your doctor to ensure that the symptoms are not those of Caesarian Depression. If you find that you are experiencing this form of depression there are support groups and methods of treatment to help.
It's perfectly normal to feel disappointed about having a caesarean. Some moms feel as though they have failed because they were unable to have a vaginal birth. Discuss your feelings with other moms who have had caesarean sections, this will help to alievate feelings of disappointment.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|