Postpartum depression? Time to say goodbye
Just delivered and experiencing postpartum depression? Shoo the blues away with these expert-suggested activities
You’ve heard about baby blues and postpartum depression and don’t want to get anywhere near it, right? We do agree that some degree of postpartum depression is a common experience as most mums would tell you.
However, Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, Gurgaon, says, “With the support of her family members, every woman who has delivered can make an effort towards reducing the vulnerability towards such a postpartum depression.”
Here are some easily manageable tips suggested by Dr Parikh that can help you in shooing the blues away.
Educate yourself about childbirth
It is helpful to make an effort to learn as much as you can about the process of childbirth. This will ensure you have realistic expectations for yourself and your baby, and will help you prepare yourself for the changes to expect in the future.
Most education stops at delivery. What happens after you’d deliver the baby, but not a single rule book can prepare you for that. Keeping expectations low is the best gift you can give yourself.
Remember to focus on yourself
Often as parents of a new born child, we tend to focus all our attention towards this new member of the family, focussing on his/her health and well-being. Ensure to plan your weekly routine by including some time for yourself, as an individual as well as a couple.
‘Me’ time is essential. Period.
Build an adequate social support system
Even after having a baby, it is necessary for the parents to ensure that they do not cut themselves off from their social circle. Despite wanting to spend time with the baby, you need not restrict socialising as an adequate support system can go a long way in maintaining your moods.
Please let not friends forget your existence. Close family and friends are much needed post delivery, not just to handle baby stuff but also as morale boosters.
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Develop hobbies for yourself
It is a good idea to focus on developing some hobbies like reading, listening to music, painting, etc. during the time of your pregnancy, which help you relax. These are some of the activities you could continue post the delivery as well, to ensure some relaxation time for yourself.
When does the baby leave me, you ask? Precisely why you need a social network around you. Request your friends or family to give you an hour a day (well, at least!) to make sure you are healthy too.
Ensure a healthy lifestyle
While you must have definitely paid special emphasis on your health for the past year, it is equally important to pay attention to your health even post-delivery.
Adequate sleep, proper diet and regular exercise are all a must to help you not just regain your appropriate body shape, but also to maintain your physical and psychological well-being.
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Talk to your partner
Communicate your thoughts and feelings with your partner, and share your experience with him. Not only will this lighten your mood, but an open communication will also help your partner be aware of how to help prevent you from experiencing the postpartum blues.
Talk. Don’t argue, please. It’s easy to go down the warpath with a baby in hand. Avoid the route.
Don’t overdo it
Despite being eager to take the best care of your child, it is important for you to remember not to overdo it. Don’t try to be a ‘supermum’. Set limits, and don’t let yourself get fatigued or burnt out in your efforts.
Nobody sees the cape. No one places a crown on your head. You are a good mum. All of us make mistakes. Don’t stress yourself.
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