Postpartum blues are common
Postpartum blues or baby blues are very common and one of the inevitable secondary results of your pregnancy. It’s not a weakness, neither a flaw and it’s totally fine to feel and experience it. Most of the new mothers go through this as your body has already gone through a lot of changes while preparing for childbirth and once the baby is out, there’s a sudden fluctuation in your hormonal level combined with stress, lack of sleep, fatigue, feeling of isolation and new responsibilities adding more to it. Irrespective of how much you have prepared yourself for the baby ,once you are a mother everything changes. The thought of raising and taking care of your baby, sleepless nights, breast feeding, not looking after yourself set it more off.
Most of the women experience the postpartum blues immediately after child birth, it triggers around one week and be there for few weeks. You feel like crying more often ,always tired and gloomy, emotionally vulnerable and feel hopeless.
It is totally fine and normal to feel it, but if the symptoms stay for a longer time, you might develop postpartum depression . Unlike postpartum blues, postpartum depression doesn’t go off and is a serious problem which shouldn’t be ignored. Though the signs are almost same and most of the time postpartum depression is mistaken by baby blues but it gets more intense with every passing day and will need clinical assistance and therapy.
Symptoms for Postpartum blues or baby blues
*Sadness and irritability
*Loss of appetite and trouble in sleeping.
Baby blues can be self treated. Never ever ignore yourself— is the only mantra here to overcome baby blues. Here are few points which can be done .
Cure for postpartum blues/ baby blues
- Exercise— It’s very important for a new mother to exercise,even if it’s more 15 minutes. Exercise releases antidepressants in our body which help our system to recover soon from postnatal blues. A walk with the baby’s stroller in a park is also good enough.
- Eat right— Eating right is very helpful to recover . Childbirth makes your body weak and you might need good amount of nutrients to fulfil that gap.
- Breastfeeding— Breastfeeding is good both for baby and the mother.
- Time for rest and self care— Making time for self is very important. Give your body rest. Don’t overwork.
- Resist isolation — Talk to your friends or partner about how you feel. Sharing also helps to overcome baby blues.
Though the initial signs and symptoms are same with that of baby blues but they get more intense eventually.
Symptoms for Postpartum depression
*Difficulty in bonding with the baby.
*Severe mood swings and crying.
*Withdrawal from family and friends.
*Inability or refusal to sleep and eat.
*Hopelessness and restlessness.
*Guilt feeling of not being a good mother.
*Severe anxiety and panic attacks.
So, it’s very important to be able to differentiate between both the state of minds, do not ignore the symptoms. Only a happy mother can raise a happy child. Speak up, talk about how you feel and when needed seek medical help.