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What to do if I have postpartum depression

The postpartum depression is one of the most complicated stages through which can pass a woman after having her baby. However, it is more common than it seems, and although some of the reactions or thoughts may frighten us, the reality is that it is a normal condition that can be overcome. If you are going through this moment, at this article, we give you some tips so that you know what to do if you have postpartum depression.

Index.

  1. More common than we think.
  2. What happen?
  3. The first step.
  4. Your life will not be just that.
  5. Ask for help.
  6. Natural antidepressants.
  7. Other tips.

More common than we think.

When many women notice that they suffer from postpartum depression, they question themselves, feeling very guilty about the situation. Society, our family and friends, everyone tells us that it is a great moment, that we should feel full and happy, but in reality, the feeling is different.

Sadness, sensitivity, overwhelm, questions of all kinds about our future and decisions, postpartum depression affects a huge percentage of women (some studies indicate that up to 80%), with new mothers being more prone.

For this reason, first of all, do not see yourself as an exception or as a bad mother, do not judge yourself so harshly, rather take the small steps to be able to overcome this picture successfully.

What happen?

During the first two weeks after the baby is born, it is normal to feel irritable, sensitive, sad and exhausted. Not only are we getting used to a new routine full of work and with few hours of sleep, but internally all the hormonal changes produced in our body make these types of emotions normal.

But when they extend for a longer time, becoming a habitual condition, one can begin to speak of a picture of postpartum depression. Once we identify that something is wrong, it is time to act to get out of this condition as soon as possible.

The first step.

If you persistently feel very sad, if you wonder about your life, if you think that being a mother has not been a good decision, if you cry a lot, feel irritable and extremely sensitive, you have argued a lot with your partner or close family members and you feel burdened by so much responsibility, it is very possible that you are suffering from postpartum depression.

The best way to confirm the diagnosis is to go to your doctor, who with a simple question can give you a more accurate diagnosis. This point is important because it is the step to admit that something is not right and that we want to fix it. Do not feel ashamed to do it, a specialist will be able to help you and, if it is very necessary, recommend some medication to control the situation.

Your life will not be just that.

Especially when you are a new mother, it is often thought that we will be without sleep forever, surrounded by diapers, bottles, with a body that we do not recognize and with zero intimate life. The reality is that this is not true, a few weeks after being born the baby will begin to sleep more often, everyone at home will have done a routine and, once you feel physically better, you can return to many of your activities, including exercise or sex with your partner.

It is important to understand that this is only one stage. This thought will help you to abandon sadness and focus on adjusting to the new family routine, little by little and without despair.

Ask for help.

Not only going to a specialist but also to your close relatives and loved ones. Many times, it happens that we see our partner as an enemy or our mother or mother-in-law as someone who will criticize us, but these people are a great help and support.

Talk to other women who have been mothers about what you feel, unburden yourself and when you need it, don’t be afraid to ask for help. For now, you are not a super heroine who can do it all alone, this thought will only increase your burden.

Natural antidepressants.

Fighting postpartum depression is not just about taking antidepressants. There are many ways to get through this stage naturally.

The key is to increase our production of serotonin through our habits to improve our mood and get out of this box faster. It is highly recommended to practice exercise of any kind, whether it is going for a walk or jogging with your baby (if you have no one to leave it with) or going to the gym, doing yoga, Pilates, meditation, etc. All are practices that will help you balance your mental and emotional state and overcome postpartum depression.

Other tips.

In addition to all these suggestions, we invite you to keep a positive thinking and consult our article with other recommendations to combat depression effectively and without the use of medications.

Remember that it is a transitory stage, and that before you think you will be active again and ready to enjoy your baby and your new family routine.

This article is merely informative, we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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