Tips for Coping With Postpartum Depression

From | Mar 26 | 2 minutes read

Have you had thoughts about harming yourself or your new baby since giving birth? Being a new mum brings with it an array of emotions, starting with love, warmth, excitement, to anxiety and fear. It is common to have baby blues post delivering your baby that usually goes away in a couple of weeks’ time. However, for up to 15% of new mums, these baby blues can spiral out of control and lead to something more serious. Overpowered with emotions like anxiety, anger, irritability and worthlessness, postpartum depressing affects millions of women around the world.

The signs of postpartum depression generally begin within weeks of the delivery, but it may take up to six months to fully manifest in the mother. Your doctor will be able to treat your condition with anti-depressants and psychotherapy or a combination of both. However, there are ways by which you can also help yourself to cope with the condition.

Dedicate some time to yourself

With a new baby, you may feel getting stuck with your baby and household chores all day long.  If you start feeling stressed out, don’t keep these emotions bottled up inside you. No one expects you to be superwoman. Ask for help with looking after your baby from a family member or a loved one. Take a couple of hours off every day and dedicate that time to yourself. Indulge in things that give you pleasure, happiness and keeps your mind off your baby, the house or anything else that is stressing you out.

Exercise yourself to happiness

Research says that exercising releases endorphins in your body, that in turn makes you happy. But if you don’t have the time for a proper workout session, try doing it in spurts of 10 minutes, a few times during the day. If you have difficulty in doing short sessions, then get your baby stroller out and go for a brisk walk with your little one. While you breathe in that fresh air, walking works as an anti-depressant too.

Sleep when your baby sleeps

You have heard it from practically everyone that you need to grab some sleep whenever your baby sleeps. Easier said than done. But scientific explanation states that women who tend to get the least sleep post giving birth are more at risk of suffering from postpartum depression. It’s true that your baby will not sleep through the night in her early days. And if you are breastfeeding, then, of course, the job becomes more difficult. Take multiple naps during the day and consider pumping some of that breastmilk so that your partner can take over your nightly duties from time to time.

Develop a network of support people around yourself that you can share your feelings with. However, if you find yourself experiencing severe symptoms of depression like paranoia, anxiety, hallucinations or thoughts of harming anyone, then seek professional help immediately. Usually, with treatment, postpartum depression can be cured in six months.

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