How to deal with the Postpartum Blues
The birth of a child is a time of great joy and happiness, but it often comes as a surprise to new parents that they can also experience postpartum depression. Roughly half of all women will experience this during their pregnancies or after the birth of their child and with such an ambitious percentage, getting out of the postpartum blues should be at the top of your priority
What is postpartum depression?
It’s not unusual to feel down after having a baby. In fact, up to 80% of new mothers experience what’s known as the “postpartum blues.” These feelings of sadness and anxiety usually go away within a few days or weeks. But for some women, they can last much longer. This is called postpartum depression (PPD).
PPD is a serious medical condition that can interfere with your ability to care for your baby and function in your everyday life. It’s important to get help if you think you might have PPD. With proper treatment, most women with PPD get better.
Symptoms of PPD can include:
– Feeling sad, hopeless, or overwhelmed
– Crying more than usual
– Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
– Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
– Withdrawing from family and friends
– Feeling irritable, angry, or anxious
– Feeling worthless or like you’re a bad mother
– Having trouble bonding with your baby
– Fear of being alone with your baby
If you have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor right away.
Build a Postpartum Support System
After you have your baby, it is important to build a postpartum support system to help you through the tough times. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- Talk to your partner or spouse about your feelings and what they can do to help you.
- Reach out to your friends and family and let them know how you’re feeling. They can offer support and understanding.
- Join a postpartum support group, either in person or online. This can be a great way to connect with other moms who are going through the same thing.
- See a therapist or counselor if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. Talking to someone who understands what you’re going through can be very helpful.
- Take care of yourself physically by eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. Taking care of your body will help take care of your mind as well.