11 Ways to Beat Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression after childbirth is what most mothers will experience. The symptoms can last from 3-14 days to many weeks. It will appear as anxiety, irritability, insomnia and crying spells. This mental disease is called Postpartum Depression.

Any woman can suffer from Postpartum Depression

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Basically, there are 3 kinds of Postpartum Depression. The weakest is baby depression; it happens 3-6 days after the baby is born. 5 out of 10 mothers will suffer from this symptom. In most cases, it will disappear after several hours or days. The second one is the said depression. This is a depression which will appear after 2-3 months after childbirth. The third one is Postpartum Mental Depression. 8-15% of all mothers will suffer from depression, while 0.1-0.4% of all mothers will suffer Postpartum Mental Depression. Mothers who suffered from either one of these two depressions are required to receive treatment from the mental health professionals. The former is easier to be treated, it usually takes around 3 weeks to be fully cured.

The Changes Resulting from Hormone and Environment

Mothers will become depressed due to a temporary change of lutein female hormone. Once the level of the hormone recovers to a normal range, the symptom will gradually disappear too. Normally, it will last for two weeks. However, because of the change of hormone, it will still cause sleep deprivation, a hard time of babysitting, etc. and will last a long period of time. The reason for this is pressure from breast milk secretion, a reverse in days and nights due to the demand of caring for a child, or from the fear of possible failure in childcare or keeping on top of household chores.

The symptom includes failure of self-care after giving birth, resulting in pains of hands and feet, body stiffness accompanied by a sense of powerlessness, lethargy, chest tightness, feeling fatigue, etc. These are all common symptoms of depression. More or less, you will develop poor confidence, insomnia, loss of appetite, indigestion, lack of concentration, loss of libido, irritability, and restlessness. Thus, you are more likely to come into conflict with those around you.

It is Harmful to Baby’s Emotional Development

According to recent research, Postpartum Depression has a bad influence on mother as well as the baby. If a mother appears to suffer this depression, the newborn baby will sense this tension and most likely become vulnerable to depression when they grow up. Therefore, steps should be taken to eradicate this disease latest by a period of a month.

Ways on How to Best Beat Postpartum Depression

1) Take showers to release tension.

2) Do regular exercise with a relax mood, increase the enjoyment of life.

3) Take an afternoon nap, have sufficient rest.

4) Hire a babysitter or people close to you to take care of your baby or do housework.

5) Consume high quality food and drink more water.

6) Get plenty of fresh air and enhance your mood by taking a stroll.

7) Give up perfectionism.

8) Chat more with your husband and your friends.

9) Listen to stimulating music, enjoy the scent of vanilla, and take shower using vanilla soaps or lotions to enhance your mood.

10) Take some time to be alone.

11) Take some time for intimate bonding with your baby.

Postpartum Depression Symptoms and Levels

1. Poor appetite, no sexual desire, and insomnia.

2. Unpredictable mood swings.

3. Do not care about the surrounding, no desire in doing anything.

4. Dislike your husband all of the sudden. Cannot feel the love towards your child.

5. Dislike your own body condition with no reasons.

6. Feeling sad over small matters or issues. Cries often.

7. A feeling of isolation which will make you think that there’s nobody around who understands your thoughts and feelings.

8. A state of being overly sensitive to mishaps or negative comments and acts.

9. Feeling uncomfortable and impatient without reason.

10. No interest in exercising and involving in activities. Saying no to everything.

Those are the postpartum depression information needed to know. So don’t feel too guilty when you experience any of this as it’s one of the natural things that happen to mothers after giving birth.

Sandra Henderson

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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