New mothers and Postpartum depression (PPD)
Becoming a new mother can trigger countless emotions. From excitement, and happiness to fear and nervousness. If your feelings of sadness have taken over your daily life, you may be experiencing ‘postpartum depression.’
Postpartum depression is a medical condition that a lot of women suffer from after giving birth, it is the most common complication that many women get after having a baby. If you feel like you may be depressed, you are not alone, PPD affects up to 5% of women ( 1 in 7 women).
Symptoms of postpartum depression often start within 1 to 3 weeks of having a baby, though they may develop up to six months afterward and can last for weeks or months. It’s strong feelings of extreme sadness, difficulty sleeping, tiredness, loss of enjoyment, anxiety, worry, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, and changes in eating patterns and habits. Having postpartum depression doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother, these feelings can make it hard for you to look after yourself and take care of your baby. Do not struggle with postpartum on your own, PPD can be managed effectively by asking for help and reaching out to your healthcare provider.
Here we have compiled a few steps that you can do at home to cope with Postpartum depression:
Studies have demonstrated that exercise may have worked as an antidepressant for women who suffer from postnatal depression. Physical activity in the form of exercise or walking with a baby in a stroller is a great way to achieve better psychological health and significantly ease the symptoms of depression
Focus on yourself
To get rid of postpartum depression the best thing you can do is to look after yourself. Simple lifestyle changes can play a huge role in helping you feel like your better self again
Don’t forget to ask for help
You may feel trapped on the couch breastfeeding or changing nappies. Motherhood comes with a lot of responsivities. Instead of dealing with everything alone, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Let your partner or any other family member take care of the baby while you rest. Try to dedicate “me time” even if happens once a week. Use this time to unwind, watch a movie, meet a friend, go on a walk, or get yourself a much-needed massage.
Bond with your baby
A successful emotional bond between a mom and a baby allows the child to feel safe. For some parents, the bond forms the moment they set their eyes on their bundle of joy, while for others, it may take some time. Attachment comes with time so there is nothing to worry about. Spending time with your infant will build your relationship and benefit both you and the child. Close contact with your little one releases the love hormone oxytocin. When your body releases oxytocin, you feel happier and more caring towards the feelings of others.
Above all mama, do not forget that you are brave, strong, and resilient. You’re not alone in this, reach out for help whenever the need arises. You’ve got this <3