Overcome Postpartum Depression
Being a new mom can be Hard. You go through an overwhelming range of emotions and your doctor will tell you that a little Baby Blues are nothing to worry about. Many mothers feel too tired, too stressed and too sleep-deprived to feel exhilarated about their new baby, and a mild moodiness is quite alright. However, be aware that your baby blues could turn into postpartum depression which is serious and sometimes a life threatening medical condition.
Could I Have Postpartum Depression?
In most cases, postpartum depression develops within a few days of giving birth to the baby. For some women, however, it can develop later on too. Baby Blues, a mild depression immediately after the baby, is nothing to stress over though. Going through exhaustive labour, sleepless nights caring for the baby and lack of privacy from close friends and family members can make even the best of mothers feel overwhelmed and moody. Eating a healthy diet, getting some alone-time, and ensuring a healthy sleep routine despite the baby will melt away these baby blues in no time.
However, if it’s been over 3 weeks since you had your baby, and you feel your depression growing, it’s time to seek professional help immediately.
When to Seek Help?
Seek help if you notice three or more of the following signs:
- You are always overwhelmed and feel like you just don’t have it in your to be a mother. Its OK to feel like this sometimes, but not common to feel like this every single day for months together.
- You cry a lot because you simply don’t know how to handle the situation. You wonder if your baby will be better off without you, since you aren’t being a good mother.
- You don’t feel any connection between you and the baby. There seems to be no bond; you don’t feel happy when you hold the baby.
- You’re always irritated and angry and seem to have no patience at all. Inside, you are actually scared and confused.
- You feel resentment towards the baby and your partner. You are envious of friends who don’t have children and have started to experience uncontrollable rage about being in your situation.
- You have no interest in sex and don’t want to talk about your feelings with your spouse.
- You have sleeping problems and can’t seem to get any rest while the baby is asleep. Lack of sleep adds to your problems and you’re persistently exhausted.
- You don’t have any appetite and don’t want to eat anything. Or, you may be over-eating to compensate for the bad feelings.
- A major sign of postpartum depression is feeling lonely and isolated. You’ve lost all interest in your hobbies and cannot find pleasure in anything.
- You may also have difficulty concentrating on anything, and may experience physical aches and pains that make no sense.
Sadly, while postpartum depression is fairly common, a majority of the women don’t seek help when they need it most. It’s imperative that you get medical assistance immediately, so you and your baby can develop a healthy relationship with the right treatment.