Childbirth is the most important and beautiful phase in a woman’s life. The birth of a child triggers a jumble of emotions like joy, excitement, anxiety, and fear. It can also lead to depression, which is unfortunate. Postpartum ‘baby blues’ include a wide range of things like mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and sleeping disorder. The new mom’s body undergoes a hormonal change, which accounts for emotional instability. Usually, this kind of symptoms lasts for up to 3 weeks and then it vanishes. Prolonged anxiety and stress result in postpartum depression, which is needed to be addressed.
The following are the most commonly experienced symptoms by the depressed mothers.
- Sudden withdrawal from family and friends
- Difficulty to bond with the newborn
- Fatigue or too much loss of energy
- Sleep deprivation
- Crying without a concrete reason
- Repeated thoughts about suicide
- Hallucination and delusion
I know a few of my friends who underwent postpartum depression. All they need is emotional and mental support, love and care. We all go through tough times at some point in life. Even a little thing we do can impact how we feel, hence we would be able to cope up with life’s ups and downs.
The first and foremost thing that should be done is trying to establish a bond with the baby. I know it is tough for the depressed moms, still, the feeling of love and attachment releases endorphins, which makes the mommy happy!
Rather than keeping the emotions to yourself, share it with spouse, friends, and family. This helps to relieve stress and the person would be able to offer support and reassurance.
Self-care is vital! Revive yourself by exercising and doing yoga. 30 minutes of work out can refresh your body and soul, remember don’t overdo it. Concentrate more on your body and baby, and try to red rid of household chores.
Schedule a dedicated personal hour for you by taking a break from mom duties. Pamper yourself, sip your favorite coffee, swim, take a bubble bath and get a gentle massage.
Communicate a lot with your partner, as he alone can give the kind of warmth and love, which others cannot. Reconnect and get close with your spouse.
If nothing makes to feel better, don’t hesitate to seek the assistance of a therapist and get the issues sorted out. Only a healthy mommy can raise a healthy and happy baby.