Baby Steps to Handle the Post Pregnancy Depression Blues.

3 August 2018

 

Motherhood is bliss but in disguise, it brings new phase in your life. As it is rightly said, “The day child is born, the mother is born too.” Along with pregnancy, 10-20 per cents mothers suffer from “baby blues” or what is commonly recognisable as “Postpartum depression”.

What is postpartum depression?

The term is resultant of hormonal changes, lack of sleep and other factors in new mothers which shows effects for one month to 6 months post pregnancy, leading to symptoms of unexplainable mood swings, mild depression, and bouts of unexplainable crying, anxiety and other uneasiness than from normal life. If not tackled at the right time with measures, it can turn out to be dangerous leading to a severe condition of postpartum psychosis.

“Being a new mother is supposed to be the happiest time of your life, but postpartum depression and anxiety strip that away for a time, but trust that it will not last forever.” – Judy Dippel

Resolutions which could be carried out at your pace to fight against Postpartum Depression –

  • Say hello to “Me time” as this exclusive self-evaluation time will really help you calm your nerves better.
  • Balance your physical and mental health with nutritious diet and supplements
  • Time for social interaction and resisting isolation
  • Try out traditional methods of Psychotherapy or Antidepressants
  • Exercise or opt for a regular physical activity to rejuvenate, energise your body and soul
  • Take time for Rest with proper SLEEP. Seek help from family and friends or even a nanny at least for a few hours every day, so that you can sleep. Sleep deprivation is an extremely dangerous scenario.
  • Focus on Seafood, fish oils or flaxseed oil if vegetarian
  • Check out for Doctor’s consult at regular interval.

These are some self-help ways to handle the situation of unbalance in a mother’s health and lift up and regain her health which would otherwise be hazardous for both mother and the child.

However, visiting a counsellor or a therapist is not a bad option too. Yes, the dogma attached to visiting a Therapist might bring about comments from the society but who cares?! It’s about your wellbeing first.

“Postpartum depression makes a woman feel like she is in the grip of something dreaded and dark, and it’s scary . . . but she’s likely ashamed to admit it because she can’t explain it!-Judy Dippel”

The outlook of postpartum depression-

Thus, self-help is the first-hand rescue, but ‘talking to a specialist’, supportive friends, close family members or even society or people of the same situation could be a good company to bring out back the healthier YOU. Postpartum depression is a treatable disorder which turns up to a mother who is no more an individual but much more than that. However, if the symptoms seem not to change even 6 months post pregnancy, seek for help with emergency helplines and consult your paediatrician advice.

Post pregnancy Depression is not exactly a very safe zone for a mother to be in for a long time. The danger is not just on to herself but the baby as well. Getting control of the situation and treating Post Pregnancy blues is really very important.

 

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