Signs of Postpartum Depression
For many women, it’s hard to adjust after having a baby. Between the changes your body undergoes from pregnancy to beyond delivery to handling a new baby, it can be intensely stressful. Some of these overwhelming feelings are normal and some are signs of postpartum depression. However, when these feelings stick around, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you’re going through postpartum depression.
Typically, symptoms of postpartum depressions are stronger and longer lasting. It will endure from childbirth and persist for months and months in most cases, while in others, it can sprout up quite suddenly even after your baby has been home with you for months.
Look for the signs of postpartum depression:
– No motivation or energy to do simple things
– No interest whatsoever in the baby
– Harboring bad feelings toward the baby
– Negative feelings including doubt, guilt or worthlessness
– Severe changes in appetite and weight
– Having thoughts of suicide or suicidal tendencies
– Divergent sleeping patterns
If you have postpartum depression, it’s time to start taking good care of yourself:
Ask for help
Don’t feel silly or stupid for asking your spouse, family or friends for help. Tell them how you feel and get the help you need.
If you’re feeling spread too thin and feel like you never get enough sleep, it could be exacerbating the situation. Ask your spouse, a relative, or a family friend to watch the baby for a little while so you can sleep without any interruptions.
Put yourself first
When you pour from an empty pitcher, you cannot fill anyone’s glass. Fill yourself up first and take care of yourself. Your needs are important too.
Focus on proper nutrition
When you’re overwhelmed with emotions and feeling depressed, eating might seem like the last thing you want to do. However, you need to take care of yourself. Especially if you’re breastfeeding. What you eat affects your breast milk.
Change your scenery and get moving
It’s easy to get discouraged and feel down when you’re stuck in the house all day. Force yourself to get up, get dressed and take the baby for a walk out in the fresh air. It will do you both some good. Plus, exercise will help your endorphins kick in which will give your mood a natural boost. It’s a win-win.
If you have postpartum depression or you find that you’re feeling unhappy all the time, don’t wait it out. Talk to your doctor and those closest to you. You don’t need to suffer silently.
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