POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT

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Finding solutions on how Postpartum depression can be curbed? Read this blog post.

Postpartum depression is a common problem after pregnancy, based on research, we know it’s normal to feel moody after having a baby, but postpartum depression goes a long way beyond that. Its symptoms are severe and can interfere with your ability to function well as a mother.

Take a look at the possible symptoms of Postpartum depression

The symptoms differ from one person to person and even day to day. If you have postpartum depression, chances are you’re familiar with several of these indicators:

  • Mood swings
  • Trouble bonding with your baby
  • Difficulty in thinking or making decisions
  • Insomnia
  • Sadness
  • Withdrawing from your partner
  • You feel out of control
  • You have difficulty remembering things
  • You have no interest in things you used to enjoy

When you have these symptoms, just take a deep breath and find the best way to curb it.

STEPS TO OVERCOME POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

  • Educate yourself: Remember that education is key. Learn everything you can about postpartum depression. This will enable you to recognize the condition if it occurs and get help for it quickly. You will also be able to give your health-care practitioners the information they need to help you recover.
  • Prepare yourself well for childbirth: Taking a childbirth education class is helpful, but don’t stop there. Read as many books or articles on the topic as you can manage and also talk to other women who might have experienced postpartum depression.
  • Bond with your baby: Emotional bonding is the best attachment between parents and children. Successful bonding allows the child to feel safe enough to develop fully, and having this bond will affect the way in which they communicate and form relationships throughout their life.
  • Taking care of yourself: This is one of the best ways to relieve or prevent postpartum depression. Simple lifestyle choices like eating well, get enough sleep especially when your baby is sleeping, drink enough water, talk to someone, your husband preferably always.
  • Exercise gradually: Research has shown that physical activity might help to combat postpartum depression. Exercising during the postpartum period is an efficient way to achieve better psychological well-being as well as ease the symptoms of postpartum depression.
  • Fight against isolation: Research has shown that new mothers had lower level of depression after regularly speaking with experienced mothers who had previously experienced Post-partum depression. Mothers in this category has a way of teaching even via telephone, the power of social interaction is undeniable. Try your best to get out or at least chat with other adults and moms for support.
  • Eating healthy: Healthy eating alone won’t cure postpartum depression but getting into the habit of eating nutritious foods can help you feel better and give your body the nutrients you need.

Practicing these steps will help to reduce Postpartum depression and bring joy to many families.

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