Post delivery depression is a common problem
faced by many new mothers. Read on to know how to cope with post delivery
With nearly 80% of women getting
affected by post delivery depression, it is important that women are made aware
of how to cope with the problem. In most cases it has been found that women are
successfully able to overcome the ‘natural’ mild feelings of depression and
gather themselves to enjoy the excitement of raising the baby. However, some
are unable to overcome the depression and sink into it. Given below are some
strategies that can help you cope with post
delivery depression with ease:
Suffering in Silence
This is one of the most common and
biggest mistakes by new
mothers. Post delivery depression shows
early signs and needs to be treated by various means from there on so that the
situation does not go out of control and transform into post delivery
Women are emotionally on the edge after
of the child and they feel if they
speak about their feeling ‘down’ the earliest sign of post delivery depression,
they might be perceived as a bad mother or the baby might be kept away from
her. They feel guilty for feeling that way and after a certain period of time this
guilt becomes overwhelming and manifests itself in myriad ways of behavioural
issues. So speak up, talk about your feelings and problems.
This is an extension of the first point.
The feeling of guilt makes the woman think that she has only herself to blame.
Note that this is not the right approach. Understand that the feelings of
despair and depression are natural, your life has changed forever and you have
added responsibilities. So feeling exhausted is all but natural in your physically
weak condition. You have not done anything wrong and you have not chosen this
disorder either. This will help you to understand the situation you are
actually in more objectively and decide for yourself on what is good for you
and the baby alike.
Communicating With Your Partner
The partner can prove to be a very
effective help and support to the woman when she is undergoing post delivery
depression. So keep talking to him, share your thoughts and fears. You will be
pleasantly surprised to find that he can take you out of your feelings of guilt
with ease. The empathy and sensitivity that you receive from your partner can
dramatically help in reducing the depression and intensifying it. Often the
emotional withdrawal of the woman does not allow her partner to share her
You need to talk to your doctor about
what you are predominantly feeling and not just about your physical problems.
So the moment you perceive that you are feeling excessively down, reach out for
help. Since post delivery depression is also caused by hormonal changes, a
clinical treatment can prevent it or from getting aggravated. Since you are
nursing your baby it is important to discuss on what antidepressants will be
safe for you and your baby.
to Other Mothers
Since post delivery depression is a
common feature experienced by most women, it is helpful to talk and discuss
your situation with women who have already become mothers. As they share their
experiences with you, you will discover that you are not the first to suffer
and the probable measures that can be effective.
Therefore, the bottom line is always to
reach out. Be it to your partner, other members of the family or close friends
and of course the doctor. Unless you express your condition, it is difficult
for others to help you overcome this state only through guesswork. Help
yourself and allow others to help you.