Beat the Postpartum Blues
What is postpartum blues?
Mild depression a woman can have after giving birth to her own baby is known as postpartum blues. It is so common everywhere around the world but we are not as aware about the issue here in India. We mix it up with tiredness or lack of confidence of first time mothers. Those are some of the reasons which can contribute to get postpartum blues. Let’s learn more about it.
Who can have ppb?
It’s been scientifically proven that around 60 to 80% women suffer from postpartum blues. Yes, that’s right, it is that common. If you recognise it at early stage and resolve the issue, you will be laughing in future as to how you may have behaved during this phase. But, if you have not done anything about it, it can turn into heavier form of depression for which you may require a professional help.
How to recognise it?
The early symptoms of ppb are:
• Crying easily
• Loss of confidence in your ability to raise a child
• Lack of control over your emotions
• Eat very less or too much
• Being Jealous of loved ones or even own baby
• Feeling of self-harm
• Fear of being alone
• Sleep disturbance
Who can suffer from it?
Practically anyone who is a recent mother. Due to high level of hormones any new mother can suffer from ppb. It has nothing to do with which country you belong to. The reason for ppb to start (Trigger) can be different but they suffer and feel similar symptoms. Too much of support or lack of it is the biggest reason of ppb.
How to resolve the issue?
1) Talk to your nearest and dearest. Most of the times this resolves only by talking and telling how you feel. Knowing the fact that someone is listening to you, someone out there cares for you takes care in most cases.
2) Prepare your partner or mother or a friend before you give birth so they can read between lines and help you when you need it the most.
3) Do special postnatal exercise and meditation at Rita’s Pregnancy 101 to help your own self emotionally, physically and spiritually.
4) Go out for walks and breathe fresh air, can work wonders.
5) Listen to soothing music which can make you happy.
What happens if you don’t resolve?
If the problem is not resolved in time, it can become postpartum depression for which a professional like a psychologist can help. If it gets even more severe (Which is rare) called postpartum psychosis. And for that a professional psychiatrist can treat the suffering mother.