Having a baby is stressful—no matter how much you’ve looked forward to it or how much you love your child. Considering the sleep deprivation, new responsibilities, and lack of time for yourself, it’s no surprise that a lot of new moms feel like they’re on an emotional rollercoaster. Post partum depression is perfectly normal, but if your symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks or get worse, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. There’s plenty you can do to feel better, though, and get back on the road to happy motherhood.
You’ve just had a baby. You expected to be basking in new mom bliss. You expected to be celebrating the arrival of your little one with your friends and family. But instead of celebrating, you feel like crying. You were prepared for joy and excitement, not exhaustion, anxiety, and weepiness. You may not have been expecting it, but mild depression or anxiety and mood swings are common in new mothers—so common, in fact, that it affects your life.
Post partum depression can take away your ability to function. Simple tasks become overwhelming. By taking care of your own needs first, you can better take care of your family. Start with trying to get as much sleep, nutrition and exercise as possible and go from there. Here are some things to try:
Did you have post partum depression? How did you deal with it?