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How to Prevent Post delivery Depression

It is possible to prevent post delivery depression if you take right measures. Read on to find tips for preventing post delivery depression.

Post delivery depression or baby blues start with mild symptoms and gradually intensifies if left untreated or allowed to grow. Starting with loss of patience, motivation and energy to feeling of constant anxiousness, nervousness, worthlessness, guilt, lack of hunger and even guilty for feeling such, post delivery depression can develop into an acute mental state. Just after childbirth, the new mother is mentally and physically exhausted. She is living on mental edge and post delivery depression only intensifies that. If the patient begins to lose interest in self along with the baby, it’s a mark of post delivery psychosis.

Given below are a few methods that can aid the prevention of post delivery depression:

Get Some ‘Me’ Time

It is natural that after the birth of a baby, all your thoughts and needs are centred on the little one. Of course you should be focused on the requirements of the new life, but you must remember that you cannot overlook or ignore your own well-being. After all it's your responsibility to look after your baby and for that you must ensure that you are mentally and psychically in a position to do that. So make sure that you set some aside for yourself. It can well be something like spending a few quite moments alone or listening to your favourite music, or taking a walk in the garden alone or paying some attention to personal grooming.

Get Adequate Rest

A new born would need frequent feedings, which makes it difficult to get a routine rest for yourself. This makes the new mother exhausted, irritable and depressed. So after a couple of days following childbirth when you are more or less adapted to the new life you have for yourself, try to plan out a rest plan that meets both your and the baby’s requirements. Say, when your baby is sleeping, catch some sleep for yourself. Or ask your partner or other family members to take care of the baby’s other needs like changing nappies, etc. when you get the much required rest.

Take Care of Your Diet

A healthy mind and body also stems from a healthy diet. Do not neglect your diet. Make sure that your body gets all the desired nutritional requirements. If required add vitamin and mineral supplements as suggested by your doctor and dietician. Remember, you are breastfeeding the baby and this makes you prone to nutritional deficiencies. It has been observed that lack of adequate nutrition also is a reason behind depression.

Omegas 3s Are a Must

There have been numerous studies that have found a link between post delivery depression and the lack of omega 3 fatty acids in the woman’s diet. So ensure that you get plenty of these essential fatty acids in your diet. This means that apart from supplements you must include plenty of fresh water fish, salmon, mackerels, and nuts in your diet.

Be Active

Seek the advice of your doctor who is in the best position to advice on what your ideal workout regimen ought to be depending on your condition. Make sure that you follow it. It is important that you keep yourself physically active. Once the body is on the move, an overall feeling of well-being is induced that helps to ward of post delivery depression. Just ensure that you act only under the guidance of your health care provider as there are several conditions emanating from pregnancy and childbirth.

Pay Attention to Bonding with Your Partner

The baby is a bundle of joy for both the parents. Now that you have added responsibilities it is quite natural that you are not able to find that ‘together’ time. As you nurture your baby, do not forget that you need to nurture the relationship with your partner as well. He can prove to be the greatest support during these days of post delivery depression. Share your thoughts, and listen to his views and everything that he has to share with you. 

Everything said and done, remember that you must seek help and support whenever you face any difficulty. Be it physical or emotional. Allow yourself to be treated when you find that your near and dear ones are concerned about certain things that they feel needs attention. This can effectively prevent and heal post delivery depression through timely intervention.

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Soam.5 years ago
'Me' time is the most important time for a new mother. This time helps her to recover and feel good about herself. i think good family support can prevent the occurrence of postpartum depression.
Yelga.5 years ago
good and informative tips for prevention of postpartum depression. i want to make a suggestion that if you could give some exercises or home remedies for prevention then it would have been of more help
Cassidy.5 years ago
Postpartum was not so common sometimes ago but now is seen in many new mothers. i think the diet is to be blamed. women should have healthy prenatal diet.
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