Many women deal with post-partum depression after giving birth. Often, the most vulnerable women are first-time mothers as they learn to juggle motherhood and other aspects of life. They encounter difficulty with breast pumping, figuring out why the baby keeps crying, not getting enough sleep, among others.
It is best to know what symptoms to look for so that you can stop PPD at the door. The symptoms include crying/crying often for no reason, anxiety, sadness, and irritability. Often this stress affects the breast pumping process because the mother is an emotional wreck at the time.
Knowing some of the things below will help you cope and overcome postpartum depression:
- It may take time to connect with your newborn baby
Some mums connect with their newborns immediately they are born. This rush of emotions is unspeakable. However, as happy as mothers are to see their babies, some require a bit more time to connect with their newborns. It takes even more time if you are suffering from PPD.
What PPD does is that it makes you feel like you are not a good-enough mother because your emotions take over. But that is not it! Your body is trying to normalize back your hormones, and it is okay to first realign yourself before committing to motherhood. It is completely normal to need time to get to know your baby.
- Do not withdraw yourself
Being all by yourself while experiencing PPD makes the situation a lot worse. The first 3 months of motherhood are spent indoors for many reasons. Whether it is to immunize the baby or to protect them against harsh weather and diseases, there is always a reason to remain indoors for the first few months.
It is crucial to have people around you to keep you busy. PPD is more unbearable if you isolate yourself.
There are many reasons to keep your newborn indoors, but that doesn’t mean that you should also not get out. It is important to always remember that you had a life before you got your baby and it should not get ripped away coz you have introduced a new member into the family.
Go out, engage in activities that you enjoy. Get your nails done, get your hair done, and enjoy a massage or a facial. Take care of yourself first. If you do so, you will be in a better position to take care of your baby too!
- Take your breast pump outdoors
Pumping in a different place other than your house might seem uncomfortable at first, but if you get the hang of it, it would save you the trouble of getting stuck at home all day.
Enjoy fresh air, beautiful sceneries while doing something for your child.
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
I know this might seem unnecessary right now, but it is crucial to be strong and healthy during difficult times.
Additionally, you have a baby who is dependent on you for nutrition. You have to be energetic and healthy enough. It would be beneficial for you to eat something.
- Rest and get enough sleep
A lot of anxiety and sadness during the PPD phase comes as a result of not getting enough sleep. As a mother, you will have times when your baby will throw tantrums all night, forcing you to stay awake all night.
To solve this, try syncing your baby’s sleeping schedule with yours. Get some sleep as your baby sleeps. This way, you won’t be disadvantaged when they wake up and demand your attention.