Postpartum depression – Not easy for women

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression – Not easy for women

Postpartum depression occurs in mothers after childbirth.  Feeling sad and lonely following childbirth is common, this is known as baby blues. Normally, you will be eagerly awaiting and will be on cloud nine to hold your baby. However, in reality, it’s hard to travel this phase, it would be difficult to manage yourself both physically and mentally. The new responsibilities and lack of sleep will make you emotionally down and your body will need time to heal. This is quite normal and after some time new moms will get over it, but in some cases the symptoms persist and also worsen, eventually leading to postpartum depression. Now you need assistance to get back to normal and to enjoy your motherhood.

Both physical and emotional factors play roles in this medical condition. Instead of being happy, you will feel bad and hopeless. The hormonal changes in the body would create chemical changes in the brain which in turn lead to mood disorders. Also, some mothers will not get enough time to sleep and take care of themselves, this will aggravate the condition.

Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is not like baby blues, it’s a serious condition which needs to be taken care of immediately. If unattended, it may lead to psychosis disorder, where the new mom will totally lose touch with reality and will try to kill herself and sometimes even the baby. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Feeling restless, hopeless and sad
  • Crying for no reason
  • Constant worry and racing thoughts
  • Inadequate sleep or excess sleep
  • Eating more or very less
  • Isolating from others
  • Lose interest in the baby
  • Irresistible and recurring thoughts of harming the baby or themselves
  • Extreme and uncontrollable anger

Help and support

Talk to your close friends and try to spend more time with them and avoid staying alone. For ages, new moms were usually taken care by others until the time they get back to normal. But, today owing to a busy life, new mom are left alone and only minimal support is offered to them.

Stay connected with your friends and family, you need them most during this time. You need someone to listen and share your feeling, both good and bad. Make sure you speak with your close friend or a person who won’t be judgmental and offer emotional support to you.

Connect with other new moms you will be experiencing the same issue like you. You will come to know that you are not alone and will learn to handle the tough situation.

You are very important- Take care of yourself

Failing to take care of yourself will ruin your mental health. Give importance both to your physical as well as mental health.  Spend more time with the baby and hire someone to take care of the household activities else ask your friend or family to help you.

Start to move your body, walk or do mild exercises like yoga, this will relieve you from stress. You can also try meditation, it will make you feel better and more energized.

8 to 9 hours sleep will not be possible with a newborn, but you should somehow manage to get adequate sleep. Even a short nap will also help to calm you down.

Do what you like, a hot shower or a soothing massage or your favorite piece of cake. When you are depressed you tend to eat more or some cases will lose appetite. Eat healthily, choose nutritious food, this would improve the quality of your breast milk.

Motherhood is the best and happy time in a woman’s life. So don’t make it complicated, read your symptoms and take care of your health to enjoy this wonderful time.

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