How To Cope With Post-Partum Depression

mom and baby2Motherhood brings with it joy and immense happiness. Holding the little bundle in your arms can make you feel that you have the whole world in your arms.

However, for some women, becoming a mother brings with it emotional turmoil leading to post partum depression. One of the reasons for this is the hormonal imbalance that takes place in the body post child-birth.

Post-partum depression can begin in a woman after 1 to 2 weeks of child birth and can linger for a few months. She might be suddenly very happy and become tearful right the next moment.

She might feel extremely sad and lonely and lose her appetite. Sometimes the depression can continue for long and it becomes important to seek proper medical attention if things go out of hand.

Apart from seeking help from a medical professional, new moms can try these tips to help deal with post-partum depression, to some extent:

• Cry when you feel like it

Hormone levels remain at an all time high during pregnancy. After the child birth, all the hormones fall back to their normal levels. Experts believe that hormone secretion takes place through tears. So if you cry, it is a natural way of getting rid of those hormones, and also of the stress of being a new mom. In fact, you could feel much better after crying.

• Re-evaluate your balance

When you become a mother for the first time, there will only be one thing on your mind and that is your baby. However, there are many things that need attention along with your baby. Try and carry out a re-evaluation of the time required for everything, so that it will not stress you and let you handle your life while retaining your balance.

• Sleep as much as possible

When you become a new mum, you will sorely miss those peaceful sleeping hours at night. You will have to wake up to feed the baby, to see if it is dry and so on. But getting adequate sleep is also very important. If there is no one else to take care of the baby when you are asleep, catch up on your own sleep when the baby sleeps.

• Eat healthy and get some exercise

Regular exercise works to boost the levels of good hormones in the body and helps you fight depression. With increasing levels of endorphin due to exercising, your depression will reduce. Also eat a balanced and healthy diet to make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need.

Following these tips, along with proper medical counseling, will definitely help combat the phase of postpartum blues that so many new moms go through.

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One response

  1. I am hearing the term “Post-Partum Depression” first time. Once new mother was not having anything to think other than thinking about the baby. But now new moms are taking care of their child as well as house and office work. So it obvious that depression enters in their mind thrigh a small hole in mind. All these mental pressure can put them in depression if anything goes wrong. I request all to practice Yoga and meditation to get rid off it. I use aroma products from PureFragrances while doing mediation. Aromatherapy along with meditation gives miracle result. Try out and live Stress free.

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