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Coping with postpartum depression

27.04.2020
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Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first few days after birth and can take up to several weeks. Hormonal changes can be a cause of …

Coping with postpartum depression

Postpartum depression usually occurs in the first few days after birth and can take up to several weeks. Hormonal changes can be a cause of depression after childbirth. After birth, estrogen and progesterone levels drop. The mother experiences a similar change during PMS (premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual tension syndrome).

Tiredness, too little sleep, painful nipples give the mother the feeling that she cannot cope with motherhood and the responsibilities that come with it. You can consider mild depression as a normal part of childbirth. The mother should take care of herself by getting enough rest, eating well, exercising in moderation and having social support.

It helps to sleep while the baby is asleep. Adequate rest has a significant impact on emotional and physical well-being. Babies need rested parents to get good care. Accepting help from others is sometimes difficult, but it may be necessary to look at it from a positive and realistic perspective.

Good nutrition helps the body heal. Choosing healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables also helps weight control. Light exercises like walking at a pace that raises the heart rate slightly can help. It helps the muscles open, and the mood can improve as the body begins to feel better.

A strong social support is important during pregnancy and childbirth. Fatigue and emotional confusion caused by birth can even strain the best relationships. After birth, your partner may be out of focus as all energy is focused on taking care of the baby. Although you have easily fulfilled all responsibilities in the past, you can now feel inadequate and overwhelmed with new responsibilities. Being patient during this transition greatly helps.

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