What can you do if you are suffering from the baby blues?
Anyone who saw you from afar would say you have the perfect life: A great job, a beautiful house, a loving husband, and now your first child! Yes, you just gave birth to the most precious healthy baby any couple could wish for. So, why aren’t you as happy as everyone thinks you should be?
Welcome to the maternity blues (or baby blues). A great deal of women experience mood swings, irritability, crying episodes, sadness, fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety a few days after giving birth. This comes as a shock to many of them, who thought they would be ecstatic to finally have their newborn with them.
Why does this happen? It is thought that hormonal changes after birth, sleep deprivation, and the adjustments made when a new baby arrives have to do with this.
Is there anything you can do to alleviate your symptoms? You bet! We found 6 ways. Keep reading:
- Remember lots of women go through the maternity blues. Talking about what’s going on to someone you trust may help you feel better.
- Ask for assistance! Maybe your mother can aid with cooking, or your sister can lend a hand with your infant while you rest.
- Maintain a healthy diet and drink enough water. This is even more important if you are breast-feeding.
- Having a new little one requires some adjustment. Give yourself time to adapt to new routines.
- Don’t expect a picture-perfect home with a new baby. It’s not the end of the world if your house is messier than usual for a while.
- Try to get enough rest, fresh air, and a few minutes to yourself each day. For example, read a book, take a walk, or meditate. Meanwhile, your husband or a trusted neighbor can keep an eye on your child.
Most noteworthy, symptoms of maternity blues should subside in at most a couple of weeks after giving birth. If you notice they are worsening, if you don’t seem to get better with the previous suggestions, or you have suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming your baby, please talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Some women may develop depression which needs medical treatment.
In conclusion, having a baby is a wonderful life-changing experience. If you are going through the maternity blues, let me know how it goes with the above ideas! You WILL get through this.
And congratulations new momma.