The challenges of motherhood a new mom has to face are beyond the understanding of others at times. The term “Postpartum Depression“ might sound daunting but honestly, this is yet another testing phase in a woman’s life, in the early days of motherhood that can be dealt with ease if one chooses to.
Childbirth is a magical experience for every woman. The first few days are filled with excitement with the new bundle of joy in your arms, however, a new mother who is expected to be full of enthusiasm at this moment, might not feel too good if she’s being troubled mentally: something that forms the basis of postpartum depression.
Majority of new moms deal with a phase called Baby Blues that usually kicks in soon after childbirth where while you are just beginning to raise your newborn, you still have to deal with emotions like feeling low, extreme tiredness, etc. This usually fades away with time and must not be confused with Postpartum Depression, for the duration of going through a ''Baby Blues'' phase is quite short compared to something as serious as ''Postpartum depression.''
Every woman now starts to cope with a bunch of new challenges in early motherhood, such as, breastfeeding, sleepless nights, changing nappies and trying to handle your newborn in the right manner. To add to this, whether a woman has had a C Section or a normal delivery, has yet another role to play in determining how she feels mentally and physically after her delivery since she is still recovering from the pain and uneasiness that childbirth has caused her.
To top it all up– if you are a new mom, your hormone levels in the body are now being altered all over again. All these factors sure play a part in stressing you out and this phase gets more testing now. Even your family and friends who treated you like a queen while you were pregnant have now shifted their attention towards the newborn. This can surely make you feel neglected, give you some unwanted tears and start putting you through a feeling of self-doubt.
Instead of staying anxious and allowing this phase to trouble your state of mind, you should try and do a few simple things that can really make a big difference.
While the treatment of postpartum depression varies from mom to mom, depending on the severity of it, there are some effective tips that can actually help you deal with the issue, without facing a lot of difficulty.
Please ensure you get enough rest– this helps you recover from the pain that childbirth has caused you and also helps fight depression. Do not shy away from seeking help from your partner/family/friends. Ensure you have a chat with your loved ones and tell them about your feelings. They will do their best to make you feel better.
Try to pamper yourself by doing all the small things that would give you joy while you were still not a mother and just a woman. Getting out of the concrete walls of your house might do you a big favour. Choose to continue to breastfeed your child as it has proven results for both the physical and mental well-being of a woman. It also builds a strong bond between the mother and her child.
Being positive will ensure that you are being good to yourself. It is the one medicine that never fails you. Chanting something spiritual while nursing your child or putting her to bed also works well for the mother and the baby.
Lastly, you need to understand that comparing your problems with that of others will not help and it would be safe to say that it is best not to focus on the negative aspects of all the new changes but to focus on the beauty of the relationship that you will have with your child. Every woman is different and thus, some may have had an easy pregnancy while others may have had a tough time.
Hence, the coping mechanisms would also be different for each one of them post-delivery.
Just remember to take one day at a time and rejoice this beautiful phase with your newborn, as babies do go fast and later in life, you wouldn’t want to have the regret of missing even a small part of this journey of motherhood.
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