These baby blues are common among women and it’s not as psychological as one thinks. Because of the sudden drop or changes in the hormones due to the delivery of the baby, the woman will find herself feeling overwhelmed or even underwhelmed by the occasion.
Due to fatigue, the sudden hormonal changes, stress and lack of sleep new mothers may find themselves unhappy rather than excited. Normally, the onset begins in the first few days, it would then heighten by the end of the week and start to diminish by the 2nd week after childbirth.
Postpartum depression typically does not last longer than a month, if it does the condition will then be referred to as Postpartum psychosis a more dangerous form. It’s not a common condition but with postpartum depression, it is best to give the new mother special attention, support and understanding all throughout the first months of parenthood.
The Difference Between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
The baby blues and postpartum depression share many symptoms including mood swings, insomnia, crying bouts, and irritability. On the other hand, with postpartum depression, you lose touch with your loved ones as you begin to withdraw from them.
There’s this feeling of detachment from your newborn most of all and eventually from your partner as well. Instead of just melancholy, the sadness is coupled by guilt, feelings of worthlessness; a true state of depression. Postpartum depression symptoms also include irrational anxiety about the baby’s safety.
Some even experience paranoia, anxiety attacks and even resentment towards the child. Some mothers may even claim the baby is not hers at all.
How to Cope with Postpartum Depression
If you feel like you, yourself are in a state of postpartum depression it’s important to be able to tell someone you trust of these worries. While postpartum depression does not necessarily require the attention of a therapist, you can seek professional psychological help if it will provide you comfort.
Find Comfort and Assurance from Loved Ones
One of the most difficult things about being depressed as a new mother is the constant anxiety surrounding your baby and if you are doing it right. You will find yourself worrying over the smallest things, from changing the diaper and breastfeeding, to the bigger things which is if you are fit to parent.
These thoughts surround all new parents. Whenever anxiety takes place, don’t hesitate to share these thoughts with loved ones and friends. Should there be questions or concerns about motherhood you can always ask fellow parents for advice so you can better decide and also to put your thoughts at ease.
Never turn down a friendly visit. Taking care of your newborn may feel like it requires 100% of your time, it shouldn’t. Always have time for others, especially your partner with whom you can gather strength and support.
Give Yourself Your Own Time and Space
It’s difficult to take your sight off of a newborn, especially with the worry that something bad may happen to him/her. Even so, it’s important, as a new parent to provide yourself alone time to gather yourself and build strength. Allow loved ones to babysit for a few minutes so you can freshen up, take a bath or have a quiet, relaxing dinner.
Always give yourself a pat on the back for accomplishing daily activities with your newborn and forgive yourself when you clumsily perform others. It’s important to be able to catch yourself during your most negative moments and try and counter them with positive thoughts.
Friends and loved ones won’t always be readily available, and while help from others is significant, self-appreciation will give you a healthier relationship with your newborn.
Eat Well and Sleep Enough
What you are experiencing is a mixture of chemical imbalance and physical and emotional exhaustion. Your body is off-balanced, unhealthy and striving to regenerate, except it is taking a lot of time.
Help yourself recover faster by getting enough rest and eating well. Hydrating, eating small, balanced meals and taking naps are timeless pieces of advice that prove helpful for all new mothers. This can also speed up the process of re-balancing your hormones.
In addition, if you are breastfeeding, you are also providing more nutrition for your little one and your body will require a great deal of energy so it’s not only highly advisable but actually required.
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