How Postpartum Depression Affects One’s Professional Life

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 08, 2011

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While bringing a bundle of joy home might seem exciting as well as rewarding, a woman may be exposing herself to a severe condition: postpartum depression. Depression may sound like a common word but less inhibiting condition; quite evidently, it gets through to every one in ten persons in the US.

Impact on professional life

There is plethora of unwelcomed consequences when dealing with postpartum depression that may directly or indirectly fetch one’s career.

Hormonal Changes

Postpartum depression occurs as a result of hormonal changes and can therefore pave way to a much severe condition of what is called premenstrual syndrome. A woman with postpartum depression would experience a much higher degree of bloating, fatigue, emotional reactivity, irritability et cetera compared to one without postpartum depression. The symptoms can turn severe enough to disrupt life such as being irritable at work or reacting unexpectedly to employee banter.

Expressing Negative Feelings

Women, while undergoing postpartum syndrome seek crying as a means of catharsis though other forms include discussing with other people about the condition, constantly pondering over the cause of depression et cetera. Pondering over the cause of depression endlessly may keep a woman distracted from work and thus, enhance lack of productivity.


Stress is the most common symptom of depression of any kind. Women are known to develop depression even under the slightest signs of stress considering that they produce more sex hormones than men and the presence of progesterone makes it difficult for stress to relieve easily. Stress at work is likely to increase irrespective of whether there is work or not. A woman is likely to be fatigued even without much work at hand.

Lack of sleep or oversleeping

Postpartum depression will make a woman to either not sleep at all or oversleep. This may lead a woman to be distracted at work and hence pave way to a negative career prospectus.


A woman diagnosed with postpartum depression feels helpless and hopeless. She would witness a massive fall in confidence and is likely to fear accepting work even if she has had prior experience. 

Postpartum depression varies from individual to individual; while few women might experience the symptoms almost negligibly, others might experience to an uncontrollable extent. At the end of the day, it is about taking steps to control the symptoms of postpartum by virtue of work-out, meditation or yoga, balanced diet et cetera.



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