Post Partum Depression
As a new mother it is very important that you do not only take care of your new baby, but you take care of yourself. As a new mother you are filled with so many new feelings of joy, fear, love, exhaustion, and you are so grateful for the new arrival and new beginning in your life. As a result of this huge change, sometimes these feelings can become overwhelming and cannot be compared to any other feelings from any other life experience. The emotions that come with welcoming your new bundle of joy are the most satisfying at the same time finding a balance can become a challenge to you as the mother and to the family. As mentioned earlier, taking care of yourself is very important by realizing that you have limitations, being aware of your limitations and asking for help, do not feel bad about asking for help from family and friends. It is important to recharge, never feel guilty for needing some “me time,” It is only natural that you need and desire personal space. You can do simple things such as taking a walk, reading a magazine article, DVR your favorite television program, chat with a friend on the phone or Skype, write in a journal, or just take a moment to breathe and know that you are doing the best job that a mother can do and you do not have to be “supermom,” being mom is sufficient and enough for you and your baby.
During the first few days after giving birth you may feel something or a certain sense of the ‘blues,” You may feel teary, emotional, overwhelmed, easily irritated by others, as many as one in ten women experience symptoms of postpartum depression. Most health care providers believe that postpartum depression stems from the physical and emotional adjustments of having a baby. When you feel that you are experiencing some of these changes it is important to get help as soon as possible from a health care professional, counselor, spiritual leader, or any other community organization that you feel could assist you with postpartum depression. The treatment for postpartum depression may include medication or counseling or a combination of both. With proper treatment, most women will recover fully and continue to bond and be there for their new baby. It is very important that postpartum depression is discussed among women in general, the issue has been stigmatized and so many women are afraid to talk about it today. The stigma of postpartum depression is something that we have to overcome for women to get proper treatment early and to take time to take care of you.