Giving birth to a newborn can be an overwhelming experience and may lead to postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression can occur six to eight weeks after birth. You may even experience it up to a year after the baby is born.
There is no specific cause for postnatal depression, but physical and emotional issues play a major role.
In this article, we discuss the symptoms and treatment for postpartum depression.
Symptoms of postpartum depression
Postpartum depression occurs when a new mother shows any (or some) of the following symptoms:
- Hormonal imbalance
- Sleep deprivation
- A difficult pregnancy
- A sick or colicky baby
- Pressure to return to work
- Loss of interest in the baby
- Mood swings
- Being constantly anxious and irritable
- Being exhausted and indecisive.
How to deal with postpartum depression?
Use the following tips to help overcome post-pregnancy blues:
Give yourself time
As a mother, you play multiple roles while managing many personal chores and professional commitments.
Dedicate some time for yourself every once in a while. Set aside time for physical exercise, meet new people, and indulge in hobbies that have always interested you.
Never hesitate to seek help from your loved ones.
Get enough sleep
After your little one arrives, a good night’s sleep can be a rare luxury.
It is important to get sufficient sleep. Sync your sleep with baby’s nap time.
Eat healthy food
Studies have shown that certain foods can help uplift your mood. Eat a healthy, balanced diet to ensure your body receives all the required nutrients.
Consult a nutritionist to create a diet chart to help you overcome postpartum depression.
Release happy hormones
Breastfeeding releases a powerful antidepressant hormone called oxytocin. There are several other benefits of breastfeeding for mothers as well.
Most mothers who breastfeed babies for at least six months to one year are known to be more relaxed.
Massage the blues away
Pamper yourself with aromatic herbal massage therapy. A therapeutic postnatal massage with an herbal toning massage oil can ease postpartum stress and increase muscle flexibility.
In addition, a body massage induces good sleep and improves blood circulation.
Lastly, the best way to lift your mood would be to watch your little one's regular milestones.
So, treat the mother in you with extra love and attention because you need taking care of too.
Watch Dr. Kshama Kamath, a Gynaecologist, talk about dealing with Postpartum Depression & Anxiety below.
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