Having a baby is the most surreal and serene feeling in the world. A woman bears nerve-racking labor pains, and soon as her little darling comes into their arms, she forgets every pain in the world. However, for some women accepting motherhood isn’t that easy.
Becoming a parent incites many emotions like joy and excitement, but it may be anxiety and fear for some. For women who have just delivered a baby, this fear and anxiety can turn into depression, commonly known as postpartum depression.
Don’t worry; you’re not alone! Do you know postpartum depression affects every one in seven women? It can negatively impact both the mother and the child, but sadly, one in five women choose to remain silent and therefore untreated.
What Are the Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression?
Many women confuse postpartum depression with baby blues and don’t give their symptoms much thought until they worsen. Here are some postpartum symptoms no woman should ignore:
- Trouble concentrating and sleeping
- Lack of self-esteem
- Feelings of being overwhelmed or inadequate
- Crying more than usual
- Feeling of disconnection with the baby and numbness
Some women also suffer heart palpitations or panic attacks and even fear they won’t be able to handle the baby at all.
How to Cope with Postpartum Depression
Here I’m stating some tips on how you can cope with postpartum depression. Baby blues are normal, but if you’re feeling a scattering feeling of sorrow or simply not yourself, please get checked. But remember, seeking professional help is the best way.
Build A Bond with Your Baby
For many women with postpartum depression, holding their babies does not invoke the same level of oxytocin as others. Yes, you may feel disconnected from your baby but keep in mind that little joy bunch is the one who is going to take you out of your depression.
Emotional bonding is the main thing that keeps a parent and the baby feels connected mentally. The feeling of love may not come instantly, but it will eventually. Some parents feel an instant and overwhelming rush of love the second they lay their eyes on their babies. However, for some, the reaction can be not-so-overwhelming. So if you’re one of those parents, don’t be harsh on yourself. It’s just you listening to your mind.
You need to learn to bond if you don’t feel bonded with your baby. Keep your baby close as your body releases a good amount of oxytocin one day, and you’ll be in love with your precious little one the most. Hang on to it!
Take Care of Yourself.
Mothers often let go of themselves when the babies arrive, but if you’re suffering from postpartum depression, not giving yourself attention can make things worse. Some lifestyle changes after giving birth can help you come out of your depression.
- Consuming omega-3 fatty acids, usually found in oily fishes, can help you treat your postpartum depression.
- They say sleep when your baby sleeps, and trust me, it’s the best thing you can do to yourself sometime after giving birth. Sleep deprivation can incite or worsen your postpartum depression, so try and doze off whenever you get a chance.
- Stepping out in fresh air and sunlight would positively affect your mood. Don’t care if your hair isn’t properly made; just tie a bun, throw on a tracksuit and take a stroll outside. Aim to spend some time in the new environment for at least 10 to 15 minutes each day.
- Mom duties can be overwhelming so most women don’t even think about resting their bodies. This will make things only worst, not physically but also mentally. So take your time out and indulge in self-pampering activities. Go to a salon or spa or just take a bubble bath.
While it’s true that mothers take most of the baby’s responsibilities when your body and mind don’t allow you to handle your little one, don’t hesitate to ask for help.
You can ask your partner to share half of your responsibilities. If someone other than your partner wants to help, let them.
Postpartum depression can also be sorted with therapy sessions like other mental issues. If you have tried self-therapy, made positive lifestyle changes, and even sought support, but nothing seems to work, then therapy is your best option.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy or mental health counseling, can significantly impact your debilitating mental health. When you discuss your feelings with someone, your mind clears a lot.
Many women suffer from postpartum depression, but very few choose to discuss it. More than half of the women don’t seek help, and their symptoms eventually worsen.
Women have to understand that help is available; you just need to reach out. With fee therapy sessions, they can make their early motherhood joyous.