Becoming a mother for the first time can be quite tough and challenging. Often many new mothers suffer from a condition known as postpartum depression. Although this condition can be related to the hormonal changes with the commencement of breastfeeding, the stress and pressure, and challenges of being a mom even before you have recovered from the physical and mental effects of labor and childbirth play a big part in causing post partum depression.
Even though childbirth is one of the most exciting events in a woman’s life, the weeks following childbirth can give her uneasy times. You are now physically and mentally tired and lack of sleep and rest easily makes you feel fatigue. In such a situation, you may lose your cool at the slightest provocation. Mood swings is quite common in moms suffering from postpartum blues apart from being anguish and depressive.
Postpartum depression is not a norm. Some may love the challenges of being a new mom while others find it difficult to accept the challenges. Some may recover quickly after childbirth while postpartum recovery takes more time in some women. Whether you are likely to be affected by postpartum depression depends on your physical and mental wellbeing as well as your adjustment power. Nonetheless here are some tips to overcome postpartum depression.
First of all, synchronize your sleeping schedule with that of your baby. Your nights can be really disturbing and if you expect to get a good night sleep, you are in for a thorough disappointment. So sleep when the baby sleeps. This way, you will get more rest and feel less fatigue and stressful. It will do a world of good for your mood too.
Secondly, spend more time with your partner. Arrival of the baby can take away a lot time which otherwise would have been spent with your partner. Now, you are involved with your baby day and night and your relationship with your partner takes a back seat. Now you and your partner need bring back the relationship to the forefront somehow. Being yourself and in the company of your partner will elevate your mood.
Lastly, it is also helpful to join a support group. Being in the company of others like you or those who have overcome the phase you are now in will be quite helpful.