How To Cope With Postpartum Depression

Cope With Postpartum Depression

Cope With Postpartum Depression Motherhood is a blessing for every woman. But it also comes with a lot of responsibilities and sacrifices along with happiness and fulfillment of a woman’s wish. Some women are able to deal motherhood in a better way but some face difficulties in managing it.

The demands of a newborn baby drain out most of the energy from them. They feel exhausted and tired all the time. These women find it hard to accept changes in their lifestyle and may suffer from baby blues or postpartum depression.

Baby blues are not a cause of worry as they get over after a short period of time. The symptoms include irritability, weeping, lack of sleep, mood changes and a feeling of vulnerability. Postpartum depression occurs when depression goes on for longer duration of time.

The symptoms of postpartum depression include lack of interest in the child, loss of interest in any activity, occurrence of negative thoughts frequently, feelings of uselessness, guilt, anxiety, fatigue and loss of interest in life. If you are also having the same symptoms after the birth of your child then you are suffering from postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression may change the equation between you and your child. You may lose interest in your baby. This may hamper the developing relationship between you and your child which is not good for both of you. Women suffering from postpartum depression need help and should contact their doctors before the situation goes out of their hand.

The reasons for the depression may be due to change in hormones inside the body of the woman during pregnancy and after childbirth. A drop in the estrogen and progesterone level of a woman is also observed at the time of childbirth.

Other factors that may lead to postpartum depression are premenstrual syndrome, a broken relationship, lack of support from relatives and families and stressful events. Postpartum depression not only affects you but also your baby. Your child may face behavioral problems, social problems, emotional problems and show late cognitive development.

Women who are depressed spend less time with their child and show less interest in household activities. These women need special care and attention and support of their families to deal with the depression. The treatment for postpartum depression includes therapy and antidepressant medicines.

There are ways by which you can cope with postpartum depression.

Share your feelings with friends and relatives

Close friends and relatives can help you at the time of your depression. Therefore, instead of alienating yourself from the people who are close to you, communicate with them. You will feel good and light hearted after sharing your thoughts and feelings with them. Moreover, they can suggest ways of making your work easy or may recommend people that can help you in your work.

Take the help of people who can support you in managing your house and your baby

As you know that you cannot do all the housework all alone by yourself, it is better to take help of others. A lot of responsibilities come after giving birth to a child. Your main aim at this crucial time is to look after yourself and your child properly. The newly born babies need special care and attention all the time even during nights so you should be mentally prepared for it.

Do not overestimate or underestimate yourself

Never try to prove others that you are perfect in everything as nobody is perfect.  Also never think that you are not capable of taking proper care of your child and your house. Inspite of having weaknesses, you should try your level best to do your work well.

Take up any activity of your interest in your free time

After becoming a mother, you may find less or no time for yourself. But there is no need to feel disheartened as you can learn to manage your time well as the time passes. You may be able to allot some time for yourself. Therefore, try to spend that time by doing the activity which you are fond of or have not been able to do after pregnancy. This way you will feel good about yourself.

Do exercises like brisk walking and swimming

As soon as you recover your health after delivery, start doing exercises like swimming and brisk walking. This will help in toning your body and you will feel fresh and full of energy. You will be able to do your work more actively.

Spend time with your partner

Take some time off to be with your partner. Engage yourself in a good conversation with him. Ask him about his work and tell him about your daily routine. This way you both will feel concerned about each other.

Learn from the experience of other women

You can also share your experiences with other women who are in similar situation like you. This will help you to learn how to manage your time well from the experiences of other women.

Take good care of yourself

Post pregnancy, you may find yourself involved in taking care of your baby most of the time and find less or no time for yourself.  But you should not forget that your health is important both for you and your baby. So take good care of yourself and give special attention to your diet.

Start your day on a positive note

As soon as you get up in the morning, think of positive things. You can do meditation or yoga. This will help you to start your day with a positive mindset. You will cherish your each and every moment.

Consult your doctor

If you think that postpartum depression is taking a toll on your life and you are feeling more depressed than ever, contact your doctor immediately. He or she will help you out. Do not try to hide your negative feelings from others as it may prove fatal for you in the future. Also try not to deal with the depression alone without letting anyone know of your true condition.

Postpartum depression may harm you and your child if it is not handled properly on time. With the support of your family, friends and relatives, you can fight with the depression and lead a happy life.

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