Are you feeling postpartum blues? Are you finding new responsibilities, lack of sleep, and not having time for yourself challenging?
Do not worry, you are not alone. It is a very common finding amongst new mothers to have issues like mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, sadness, irritability, feeling overwhelmed and difficulty in sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery and may last up to two weeks to six months.
Postpartum depression is not a character flaw or a weakness.
Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum blues, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with the baby.
If you’re feeling depressed after your baby’s birth, you may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. Sometimes it goes away on its own within three months of giving birth. But if it interferes with your normal functioning at any time, or if it lasts longer than two weeks, you should seek treatment.
About 90% of women with postpartum depression can be treated successfully with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
Also, with the help of family and friends and with the correct diagnosis you will be able to cope with it well.
Ask for help for household chores, set aside quality time for yourself, spend time with spouse, try and follow a sleep schedule, eat meals on time and start with exercise and meditation and you will bounce back to your usual self in no time.
-Dr Prerna Gaur
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