Becoming a parent is definitely exciting but it brings with itself an array of emotions, from joy and happiness to fear and anxiety. Baby blues are common, however post-partum depression (PPD) is a long lasting mood disorder and and 1 in 7 new moms reportedly go through it. It doesn’t only have adverse effects on the mom but also on the newborn. Sadly though, 1 in 5 women prefer not to talk about it and thus it remains untreated.
Mentioned ahead are some ways you can incorporate to cope with postnatal depression:
- Self-care is vital to your happiness
Okay, you might not feel like doing anything for yourself but it’s imperative to put yourself first in order to look after the baby well. Therefore, take out some time every day for yourself- the me time. Stop living in those PJs; take a shower, read a good book, fix yourself a nice healthy meal, go for a walk and just go the park nearby and observe nature for a while. Your baby needs a healthy you.
- Take out time to socialize
You took out time for yourself, now take some for people close to you as well. Can you and your spouse have a date night every other week? Can you two take out a few minutes each day to spend time with each other and reconnect? Also, spend time with your friends and family. Go out for a coffee or just hit the mall with them.
- Seek professional treatment
A good therapist can help you adjust with your new life with your baby. Also, if you facing difficulties with your relationship, marriage counseling can be very beneficial. Antidepressants can also be an option but medication shouldn’t be administered without the supervision of a doctor. Furthermore, estrogen replacement therapy also proves to be helpful in combination with medication. Talk to your doctor about it.