Thousands of women suffer from postpartum depression every year. Postpartum is a type of depression where a mother has difficulty bonding with her new baby. She also often feels as though she is sad, angry and helpless. Find out how to deal with this very common condition.
It’s important to talk to your friends and family about your postpartum depression. Many women unfortunately make the decision to keep their postpartum to themselves. They often feel as though no one would understand them and no one could help them. Yet that’s often the depression talking. Tell your family about your postpartum to get the support you’ll need to feel better.
While telling your friends and family members about your postpartum is important, you should also seek professional care if you’re still having a hard time. Your friends and family can give you support, but they’re not professionals. Talk to your doctor if you feel that you need extra help.
It’s not easy to create a self-care routine when you’ve just had a baby. Yet taking care of yourself is an important step to recovery. Carve out at least an hour to yourself every day. You may want to create a routine for self-care. Get some exercise, eat some healthy foods and take a bath.
Your body needs certain nutrients to heal itself. Talking fish oil supplements has been known to help brain function and reduce feelings of sadness and guilt. Talk to your doctor before beginning any supplement regimen, but you may find that these supplements can do wonders.
Talk to Other Moms
Many women who suffer from postpartum feel as though they are completely alone and that no one else understands them. Yet there are many women who suffer from postpartum every year. Try to find a support group (either online or in person) to share your feelings with other women who are going through the same feelings and emotions.
Sometimes you need a little more assistance than supplements or self-care can provide. If you’re feeling lost, talk to your doctor about anxiety and depression treatment. Postpartum doesn’t last forever. Yet you may feel better in the long run if you give antidepressants and other depression treatments a try.
For some women, breastfeeding can ease the symptoms of postpartum. If you’re not breastfeeding and are still at a point where breastfeeding is an option, give it a try. Yet don’t worry if breastfeeding isn’t the right option for you. There are plenty of other ways to deal with postpartum.
Many women feel intense feelings of guilt that they can’t bond with their new baby. Yet focusing on the guilt could actually intensify the feelings. Instead, feel what you feel. Remember that you aren’t a bad person and that your postpartum won’t last forever. You have plenty of time to bond with your baby.
If your postpartum depression has lasted more than six months, you may want to speak to your doctor. There’s a slight possibility that you don’t have postpartum depression. Many women develop depression as their hormones change after having a baby.
Many women also suffer from chemical imbalances due to fluctuating hormones. It’s important to be as honest as possible about your depression. Don’t try to hide your depression from your family or your doctor. No one can help if you’re not honest with yourself and others.
Get Help with Baby
It’s important to get as much help as you can with your new baby—especially if you’re suffering from postpartum depression. New babies can be stressful and overwhelming. If your friends and family can’t help out, it’s completely okay to hire a nanny to help out with your baby.
Try to remember that you can’t do everything. Finding help is the best way to ease the suffering of this very common condition.