Postpartum depression: Tackle it better with these steps

if I were new mother And you find it hard to understand your overwhelming feelings after the birth of your baby, you are not alone. While your new member is sure to put a smile on your face with her calm and gossip, the early days of maternity It may seem too much to handle. You may feel moody or stressed about every detail around you, however, you don’t have to worry. It’s normal to feel that way.

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These innumerable feelings of sadness or depression are referred to postpartum depression, you may start interfering with your daily life and cutting off your desire to bond with your baby due to mood swings or difficulty doing daily chores due to low hormone levels. Although it may simply start as stressful episodes of not understanding your child’s movements or activities, it can get worse if not dealt with in time.

Postpartum depression tips

It is important to know the symptoms postpartum depression As soon as possible to treat it in the best way.

Here are some tips that may help you:

Create a romantic relationship with your child

Forming a secure bond with the child will enable both the parent and child to grow and bond beautifully, stay healthy and develop lifelong friendships. Don’t worry if you aren’t already engaged. It can take time, weeks, or sometimes months. Find ways to feel happy about your baby and cuddle him, and try to recognize nonverbal cues. Practice Skin-to-skin contact More, smile and sing to your child.

Take care of yourself with the baby

Take frequent naps, get help from family and friends to take care of the baby, get out in the sun for at least 10-15 minutes and indulge in “my time” without any guilt. Watch your favorite show, go back to your hobbies, etc.

stay physically active

exercise regularly It can do wonders to combat depression, and even more so in the case of postpartum depression. Start with moderate exercise after consulting your doctor. Even a 10-minute exercise session can help you beat depression.

Eat healthy

Pay attention to your diet to help your body get the adequate nutrients it needs to recover from Birth and maintaining public health. increase your intake Omega-3 fatty acids. Eat seafood (or flaxseed if you are a vegetarian).

Check out how to breastfeed

Choose the way you feel right and best. Sometimes, you may feel angry, sad, or depressed if you are not able to feed your child. Consult your doctor if you feel any difficulties.

Don’t isolate yourself

Seek help from family or friends, or join a support group. It can always help to talk about your feelings or share your problems with experienced moms.

Seek medical help if feelings of depression do not go away within two weeks. Share your thoughts and difficulties of dealing with change in your life with an open mind.

postpartum depression It is different from suffering from ‘baby blues’. These are lingering feelings that tend to get worse over time, if left untreated. The chances of developing postpartum depression are higher in women who have a family history or who have had early episodes of depression. Good prenatal care during pregnancy and care during childbirth play an important role in ensuring that the mother is healthy and ready for the change in her life.

(The writer is Senior Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kinder Women’s Hospital and Fertility Centre, Bengaluru.)

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