Postpartum depression is a serious condition that can have lasting effects on both the mother and the child. It can be difficult to cope with, but there are many ways to manage it.
If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor right away. Your doctor might recommend an antidepressant medication and therapy to help you cope with the changes in hormones and emotions after having a baby.
- Talk to someone you trust
It may seem obvious, but talking about your feelings with someone close to you is one of the most effective ways to reduce stress and anxiety. Talking about how you feel can also help you understand what is happening in your life so that you can begin to make changes that will help improve your emotional well-being.
- Exercise regularly
Exercising has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as improve moods and self-esteem. If possible, schedule time each day for exercise even if it is only for 30 minutes at a time. Exercise also releases serotonin in the brain which helps regulate moods, sleep patterns and appetite control.
- Eat healthy foods
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat dairy products is essential for healthy living during pregnancy because these foods provide important nutrients for both mother and baby’s growth and development.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms?
- If you’re worried about your mental health after giving birth, it’s important to know what signs and symptoms you should look out for:3
- Feeling sad or anxious most of the time (or feeling this way more than usual)
- Feeling angry or irritable much of the time (or feeling this way more than usual)
- Having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much (for example, napping during the day)
- Losing interest in things you used to enjoy