You have just had a wonderful kid, and you expect that you will overflow the only joy and tenderness, you will literally soar with happiness.
Postpartum Depression: Signs and Symptoms
To see if you have postpartum depression or not, listen carefully to him. Here are the signs of postpartum depression:
- Depressed mood.
- Very mood swings.
- Increased tearfulness.
- Difficulties in bringing the child.
- Withdrawal from family and friends.
- Increased appetite or loss.
- Constant drowsiness.
- Weakness and fatigue.
- Reduced interest in everything that you like.
- Increased irritability and outbursts of anger.
- The fear that you're a bad mother.
- A feeling of worthlessness, shame and guilt.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulties with the implementation of routine daily affairs.
- Constant anxiety and panic attacks.
- Thoughts on how to harm themselves or the child.
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.
- I feel any of these symptoms for more than two weeks.
- My condition is getting worse, not vice versa.
- It's hard to care for the child.
- I find it difficult to cope with daily activities.
How to cope with postpartum depression?
Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Daily do simple physical exercises (walking with the child are also considered). Try to stick to a healthy diet.
Rest and sleep. Set aside all the chores and take the time and attention currently. If your baby is asleep, do not try to alter during this time all the cases, and it is better go and get some sleep, too.
Get rid of excessive expectations. You have just given birth to a new man. Do not be hard on yourself and do not try to do everything perfectly. Be for your child a good enough mother.
Simplify your life. Think about how and what you could today save time and energy? For example, things to care for the child are in different places, and it is inconvenient - you can think of a permutation. Or do you often cook a meal for the whole family. Perhaps we should increase the volume and to cook every day, and a couple of times a week and do more preparations in advance and freeze them.
Ask for help and accept it. All family members live far away, and my husband the whole day is lost at work? You will be surprised, but help may come in the time and on the other side, when you least her waiting. But it is important to not only ask, but also be able to accept help. If you hear a proposal to help you, do not rush to give out of politeness. Help can be very different. Maybe your friend will bring you just finished eating, and another pat diapers together with your husband's shirts. Let's not perfect and not as you would have done, but at this point you will be able to pay more attention to yourself and your baby.
Make time for yourself. As you know, if Mom is happy, then the baby will be happy. A temporary absence from the house will only benefit your relationship with your child, especially if he was more than six months. Find someone who can look after the child, and go take a walk at least an hour. You can not walk without a goal? Go to the store or a manicure. Go do something that you like.
Communicate more. Many mothers think that they suddenly found themselves isolated, and they suffer from it. However, in the Internet age, you can compensate for the lack of live communication virtual. However, it should be to ensure that the internet you do not suck, get acquainted with their mothers at the playground, call friends to visit, do not be afraid to go out with the baby, if this is not significant in terms of contraindications health.
Tell your loved ones that you feel. Also, talk with other women about what they had to go through. By the way, in the popular social. networks have a support group of mothers in the postpartum depression.
Separate duties. Your loved ones will be happy to help you - just have to afford to ask for their support, and to redistribute responsibilities at home. Even a small break a couple of times a week can help you feel better.
Do not stop halfway. Follow the recommendations of your doctor, psychologist or psychotherapist, do not stop treatment even if you thought you was better. This can lead to a relapse.
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