Whether you’re becoming a mom for the first time or the fifth, the days and weeks following your baby’s birth can be just as overwhelming as they are joyful and exciting.
The birth of a baby can trigger a variety of powerful emotions, from excitement, joy, and love to fear, anxiety, anger, and depression.
“Baby blues” and Postpartum depression aren’t character flaws or weaknesses. Many times they are simply complications of giving birth. If you feel you or someone you love has postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.
“Baby blues,” or feelings of sadness and depression are more common after childbirth than many people may realize. More than 80% of women have reported having feelings of depression following the birth of their child. It’s important for new mothers — and those who love them — to understand the symptoms of mild depression, or baby blues, to moderate depression, or postpartum depression, and to reach out to family, friends, and those with experience and training for help.
Symptoms of “baby blues” commonly include:
Agitation or irritability
Changes in appetite
Feeling worthless or guilty
Loss of concentration
Feeling withdrawn or disconnected
Lack of pleasure or interest in activities
Loss of energy
Problems doing tasks at home or work
These symptoms may also become moderate over time. Generally, these emotional surges are believed to be a natural effect of the hormone shifts that occur with pregnancy and childbirth. Levels of estrogen and progesterone that increase during pregnancy drop suddenly after giving birth, and this can affect emotional balance and mood. These female hormones return to their pre-pregnancy levels within a two-week period. As hormone levels normalize, baby blues usually resolve on their own without treatment. It is after this period of time that postpartum depression may develop.
Essential oils that assist with “Baby Blues” include:
Aromatherapy and massage can improve the physical and mental states of mothers and assist with bonding with your baby.
Moderate symptoms may include:
Being unable to care for herself or her baby
Being afraid to be alone with her baby
Having negative feelings toward the baby
Thoughts about harming the baby (seek help immediately in this instance)
Intensely worry about the baby
Little interest in the baby
Thoughts of death or suicide
Rarely, an extreme form of postpartum depression known as postpartum psychosis develops after childbirth. If you believe your case is more severe, seek help immediately.
Lifestyle factors that can lead to postpartum depression include:
A demanding baby
Lack of support from your partner or other loved ones
Emotional factors may include:
Feelings of loss of control
What to do about Postpartum depression
Getting proper rest and nutrition goes a long way in recovery from postpartum depression. Along with having healthy foods available, LifeLong Vitality can help fill in gaps that may occur because of lack of time or energy in preparing meals. All supplements are not created equally. LifeLong Vitality is formulated to be easily digested and absorbed, giving your body just what it needs.
Seeking support is also quite important. Being exhausted, sleep deprived, or stressed can reinforce and fuel feelings of sadness and depression, so be sure to have help available to help in the weeks following the birth of your baby. Let family and friends help with errands, shopping, household tasks, and child care. Let someone prepare meals or watch the baby while you relax with a shower, bath, or a nap.
Talking to people close to you, or to other new mothers, can help you feel supported and remind you that you’re not alone. You don’t have to stifle the tears if you feel the need to cry, but try not to dwell on sad thoughts.
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