The birth of a child is one of the happiest moments in the life of a woman. Motherhood is believed to be one of the most beautiful phases and it is said that it completely changes a woman inside out.
Amidst the arrival of the newborn, a lot of us fail to pay attention to the new mother. It is a roller coaster ride for the woman with so many emotions flowing in everyday.
Many women may not realise but they do suffer from postpartum depression after giving birth to their child. The arrival of the baby completely changes your life but it can harm you mentally too.
What Is Postpartum Depression?
We talked to Dr.Pratibha Singhal, Director - Department of Gynecology and Obesetriction, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Noida and asked her to explain the concept of Postpartum Depression.
She shared that it is a clinical condition which new parents suffer from after childbirth. There are different symptoms of Postpartum Depression and some of the common ones are:
- Extreme Sadness
- Changes In Eating Pattern
- Mood Swings
- Reduces Libido
The expert shared that not only new mothers but pregnant women too can face such symptoms of depression.
She also shared that there are different reasons why women suffer from this depression. She said some common reasons can include:
- Lifestyle changes after childbirth
- Lack of sleep
The expert shared that once a woman starts to seeing such symptoms, they should consult a doctor before the condition starts to take a toll on their mental health.
Tips To Reduce Postpartum Depression
The expert shared that the new mom should develop a bond with her baby. There are different changes a woman goes through the pregnancy and post it and getting to a normal life would take time.
She next shared that one must continue to spend time with their family and partner as it will help relieve her stress and bring positivity to life.
The new mom should continue to focus on consuming nutritious and home-cooked food which helps her feel better and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. (post pregnancy hair care)
Take out time for yourself. You can do some workout or pursue a hobby. You can plan it all according to your baby's sleep schedule. This will all help you recover soon.
A lot of women develop depression symptoms while breastfeeding their child but this will not last for long. The condition is called Dysmorphic Milk Ejection Reflex where a woman may experience sadness and anger a few minutes after she starts to breastfeed. It is recommended to breastfeed for 6 months.
Every woman has a different story after their childbirth and one must not compare themselves with others. If you do so, you will only end up hurting yourself. Your recovery may not be similar to that of someone you know and that's natural.
You may feel your life has completely turned upside down initially but remember that things will get better with time. If you get good support from your partner and family, it will all go good. So, stay positive and enjoy your new journey.
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