Having a baby is one of the happiest times in life, but it can also be one of the saddest. It takes changes to our normal activities and daily life to bring a new baby home. For new mothers, it is not surprising to feel overwhelmed. As a result of new adjustments, depressive symptoms disrupt the happy moments of bringing home a new baby. Some of the depressive symptoms include irritability, anxiety, anger, and sadness.
This is known as “baby blues”. It is induced by changes in the levels of hormones after childbirth. These “baby blues” happen in the first two to five days after delivery and go away in most women. However, they don’t always go away. For some women depressive symptoms persist well beyond the first two weeks or arise after delivering a baby over the next several months. While depressive symptoms can range typical symptoms like:
- Sleep disturbances
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- Preoccupation with baby’s health or feeding
It is important to note that some of the factors that occurred before giving birth could affect postpartum mental health. One factor tends to be stress from work and home environment. Having to manage those aspects of life while experiencing physical exhaustion can impact women after giving birth.
Transitioning to becoming a parent can also generate doubt about being a parent. Depending on the pregnancy situation some women can experience fear, confusion, and concern for their health, especially if they are first time mothers. Social stressors, including inadequate family support, and financial concern are other variables that could lead to postpartum depression.
It is vital to ask for help when you are having trouble caring for yourself or your newborn. Also, If you feel a lack of motivation or interest in things you found joy in before having a baby. If you start experiencing thoughts of self-harm, or harm towards your baby or others, Seek Help.!
It is always important to seek professional help to combat the symptoms of postpartum depression. It can seem difficult to ask for help caring for your baby or completing a task and feel as if you are failing as a mother. However, this is not true. For support, lean on your loved ones.
Take offers to watch your little one while you run an errand or get yourself some much needed rest. Nap times for many new mothers means catching up on chores and trying to feel productive. During these times taking a nap does not make you lazy or unproductive. A well-rested mother is much happier than someone who wants to do something to the disadvantage of their mental wellbeing.