Postpartum Depression: Symptoms and Treatment

It would seem that more recently, the cherished second strip on the test was rejoicing, and today this eternally screaming lump is losing its temper. Patience is not enough, I can not get enough sleep, I want to cry and cry at the same time ... It seems that it will never end ... Did you recognize yourself? There are signs of a beginning postpartum depression.

Causes of postpartum depression

Most of the nulliparous women are sure that if everything is in order with the psyche, then depression does not threaten them. This is true, but only partly. The main cause is hormones, the production of which is sharply reduced after the birth of the child. Of course, this affects the mood of the mother. If the psychological situation is normal, the depressive state passes in a few days. Otherwise, it can develop into a nervous breakdown, right up to psychosis.

Depression can mask the response of the body to the transferred stress during childbirth. Even if they went without complications, a woman needs some time for rehabilitation. It is especially hard for mothers who are forced to cope with everything alone. They just do not have time to relax and feel the joy of motherhood, if immediately immersed in household affairs, which adds more and care about the baby.

Signs of postpartum depression

The first symptoms of postpartum depression begin approximately on 10 day after sorts, to it it is necessary to be ready. Young mother becomes irritable, touchy, she always wants to cry. This period can be considered as a reference point, with which the symptoms either pass or are strengthened depending on the measures taken.

Then irritability grows with each passing day, anxiety increases, feelings of resentment grow. Mom feels the need for care and understanding, and not getting it, feels alone and unwanted.

The symptom of prolonged depression is the non-acceptance of your child. He rather causes irritation than emotion, his mother has lost the desire to take care of him, he seems a stranger. Crying a baby causes irritation, drives into a panic, and breastfeeding turns into torture.

Fight with depression is necessary when the first signs appear. Do not think that it will pass by itself. Every day, negative emotions will only increase. Nervous stress affects negatively not only the mother, but also the baby. He also strongly experiences all the emotions that mom feels, and suffers with it.

But this is not the worst thing. Women in the state of postpartum psychosis commit inexplicable actions that are dangerous to the health and life of the child. That is why a young mother needs to be attentive to her psycho-emotional state.

How to get rid of postpartum depression?

To quickly cope with depression after childbirth, you need to remember 3 rules:
  1. Calmness - the body and so experienced a tremendous stress during childbirth, so there is no need for extra nervous shocks. Try to abstract yourself in a stressful situation, do not react to irritants, do not give in to provocations.
  2. Assistants - do not give up help. Wants my mother to wash the floors or try to cook - please! Dad wants to walk children - please! Wants grandmother to sit with a baby - please! Use every opportunity to find some time for yourself and do nice things.
  3. Rest - ideally a full night's sleep. Do not have to do household tasks when the family sleep! Try to catch as much as possible while the baby is awake, and then reward yourself with several hours of rest during the day.
  4. A variety of food - mothers, breastfeeding, know how sad to look at the table when nothing can be done. But you can not last long on soup and crockery, so you should try to try something little by little. Only it is important to carefully monitor the reaction of the baby, whether there is an allergy, whether the stomach does not hurt. . If in a few days everything is fine, you can try on.
  5. Sweet - glucose, although for a short while, it provokes the production of the hormone of joy, therefore, it is not worth completely to give up the sweet. In addition, from sugar, milk becomes more delicious, and the child will drink it with pleasure.
  6. Women's joy - take yourself for the rule - once a month to arrange a day off. You can go to the salon, shopping or just take a walk. The main thing - outside the house and without children! Even a baby with breastfeeding can withstand a couple of hours with his father or grandmother, and if you express the milk, then much more.
  7. Fresh air - the more oxygen enters the bloodstream, the less stress will appear. Take yourself for a habit, as soon as you start to get nervous, take a stroller and walk (of course, if the weather permits). So you will save your nerves, and the kid will benefit.
  8. Consultation of a psychologist - fortunately, now in almost every women's consultation there is a psychologist who is always ready to help her mother survive the difficulties of the first months of motherhood. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nearly every tenth woman giving birth is suffering from postpartum depression, and this is normal.
Maternity should be in joy! Take care of yourself and your child, carefully monitor your mental state, follow these simple rules, and then the postpartum depression will bypass you.

And what methods of fighting postpartum depression do you know? Share your secrets in the comments.
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Майя Мешкова

Twice my mother, a crazy artist, a novice writer. I write only about what I really understand. In my spare time I like to sleep, it's a pity that I do not have it.

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