Postpartum depression is more common than we think. Often mothers feel strange, they do not know what is happening and blame themselves for not being plethoric of happiness after the long-awaited arrival of the baby.
After birth, mothers suffer severe hormonal changes, insomnia and changes in daily routine, which disturb their physical and mental state. In addition, suddenly all attention falls on the baby. Mothers may feel displaced during pregnancy because everyone was worried about them. They are also common crises of crying for no apparent reason, irritability and fatigue. This state can last up to a month and is completely normal. It’s commonly called "baby blues" and affects 80% of new mothers. However, if symptoms persist beyond 15 days it’s probably because of postpartum depression.
The exact causes of postpartum depression are unknown. Hormonal factors, changes in social relations, changes in the relationship, lack of sleep, complications in labor conciliation or concerns about the ability to be a good mother are behind cases of postpartum depression. In addition, there are other circumstances that increase the likelihood of suffering it. Some of these risk factors are: being under 20 years old, being a smoker, have experienced a traumatic or stressful event during pregnancy or going through a crisis in the relationship during pregnancy and the first months of baby's life.
Postpartum depression is a real psychological disorder but has a solution. In many cases the diagnosis is difficult because mothers don’t want to recognize the problem. They may feel vulnerable to the possibility of having to ask for support for third parties to take care of their baby. The idea we have of a mother who has just given birth is not that. In the movies we show happy women and plenty of energy. They don’t get tired nor complain. Well, let this scene stays on the big screen. A real woman has the full right to feel identified with all of the above symptoms.
Studies show that 1 in 7 mothers suffer from postpartum depression. The reality is that apparently falls short, because we can only count those mothers who have been diagnosed. There are a few who do not want to accept this condition, or simply feel that their state is normal due to physical wear.
Symptoms related to postpartum depression
Some symptoms that can help us suspect that we are going through a postpartum depression are:
Sadness: The most common symptom. The mother has the mood in tatters, feels miserable and unhappy, want to mourn much time but not know why.
Irritability: It is normal that the mother go through episodes of irritability. Shown surly or bad mood with the couple, family, and even their children or newborn.
Tiredness: Mom suffering from postpartum depression feel exhausted when performing the "first tasks mother." Quite possibly you feel incapable and useless, causing great frustration.
Anxiety is very common that crosses suffering postpartum depression anxiety attack. Le overwhelms the fact of being left alone with the baby. He fears not being sufficiently prepared to give all care.
Insomnia: The sleep is a challenge. When you get to sleep, you have to wake up to breastfeed her baby. Rest is essential for proper physical and mental health, which is greatly affected during the postpartum.
Loss of appetite or desire to binge eat: Sometimes the mother either did not have time to eat, or not at all feel like. It seems that he sees no reason the time and does not consider their food as a priority. Sometimes they see in their comfort food, and attack the fridge to feel better.
Let us not forget that the first days will be normal to suffer any of these symptoms. There is an exaggerated hormonal change that takes over the body of the mother. However, last month should start returning to normal. If not, do not hesitate and go to a psychologist or trust your doctor to help you find a solution.
Recommendations to overcome postpartum depression
Known symptoms , let's talk about solutions. In mental or emotional issues there is not a "magic cocktail" to cure or relieve us from one day to another . Rather we follow a series of tips or recommendations, such as the following:
Listen: Think about the great change that goes through your life. From one day to another there is a new little person at home. New responsibilities and more work. It is completely normal, and like all change, adaptation needs.
Ask for help: Do not be ashamed. You do not feel you have lost the battle or you're not good mom. Surely there are many family and friends who are happy to collaborate.
Dedicate time: Try to find a time that is for you. Great exercise you sit by the stimulative impact of the production of endorphins. In addition, it will help you return to your previous fitness and feel better. Also it serves a relaxing bath.
Do not neglect your relationship: Many mothers / parents obsessed with their baby aside your partner. Try to do things together, a romantic cenita, a film in the cinema ...
If your situation does not improve, ask for psychological help: It seems that in many places say that going to a psychologist is taboo. The psychologist is a necessary specialist on many occasions and stages of life. Many times we are ashamed "what people say". Go to the psychologist is not synonymous with being crazy / a. It is to have the esteem necessary to recognize that we have a problem we can not solve ourselves. In many countries it is customary to go to a psychologist every 15 days alone to cultivate mental well-being.
If you follow these tips, everything will flow much better. From Liip we want to enjoy your baby is the only occupation.