Just had a baby? Tips to fight away those postpartum blues.
The most beautiful feeling for a woman in the whole wide world is becoming a mother. Holding your little one just after he/she is born makes you forget all the pain you had been through pregnancy and birthing. Your world suddenly seems fulfilled and content and as you prepare yourself for the next phase of parenting. However, this may not be the case for all new mothers.
Postpartum depression among new mothers is a combination of various chemical physical and emotional changes in the body. Behavioral changes such as a feeling of depression, loss of pleasure, helplessness and mood swings are some common indications of this. These are triggered by the hormonal changes in the woman’s body right after childbirth. However, identifying these feelings at the right stage can help cure postpartum depression before it gets to the stage of counseling or other forms of medical intervention. Read on for some self-help tips on getting out of this baby-blues phase.
Make lifestyle changes.
Prepare for chaos, the newest member of the family however small he/she warrants a lot of changes in the house /routine. Slowly put in efforts to accommodate changes in your life going ahead. Initially start screening endless phone calls, limit visitors when you get home right after the hospital. Allow yourself and the child a few extra days of recovery (more in case of surgical deliveries). Rest well, be systematic on the medications given for healing and prepare to focus all your energy on the child in the coming few months. It may be natural for everyone around you to devote most amount of attention to the just-born, understand and cope with it. Take pleasure and pride in being a mother and prepare for sacrifices you will need to make initially. Your responsibility has just begun.
Diet and exercise.
It is extremely important for a well balanced and nutritious diet for young and nursing mothers. Along with the additional calcium and multivitamins prescribed, ensure you eat well. Think of the child and its nutritional needs and have a filling, healthy diet. Be regular to the postpartum health checkups. Exercise when you have fully recovered, definitely after advice from your doctor on it. You may begin with small walks and then proceed to a regular routine of workouts. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, these influence a precarious frame of mind. It is common in the initial phase to have irregular sleep patterns, but be sensitive to sleep when your child does. Prioritize sleep and diet in the initial few months, until such a time both of you fit into some pattern of food and rest.
Family and socializing.
Remember that your spouse also goes through different kinds of changes in welcoming the little one in your family. Make time for him, foster the relationship with your partner. Grab some time off when the baby naps to have small breaks, catch up a movie or lunch. Keep in touch with friends and family and take in all the good wishes you get. There are social groups/forums for new mothers around (maybe online too) get on board, interact and share experiences. Remember not to compare incidents, each child is unique. Schedule all your socializing, getting out with your baby in mind. Your presence is extremely crucial for the child at least for the initial few months.
Never set any standards for yourself and your child, there could be good days as well as bad ones. There can never be a clockwork set to each day. Nurture your child, remember he/she is unconsciously watching your every move and absorbing it in. Feel happy and overwhelmed, your child will reflect what you are.