Can You Prevent Postpartum Depression or the Baby Blues after Pregnancy?
on Mar 21, 2014
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
After your baby is born, go easy on yourself. Don’t try to keep a perfectly clean house, go back to work, paint the house, move across the country, have a dinner party for 20.
Postpartum depression and the baby blues affect many women after their babies are born. It can be a very shocking and depressing experience, filling up what is supposed to be a time of great joy with sadness and even grief. So, is there anything you can do to prevent post partum or baby blues? Read on to find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
If you have concerns about postpartum or the baby blues, talk to your doctor before your baby is born about your worries. Your doctor will be able to give you advice and calm your worries before your baby is even born. He or she will also be able to tell you some ways to reduce your risk of postpartum and what you can do if you feel it coming on. Make sure to keep those lines of communication open.
Did you know that newborns bond better with moms who are calm? During your pregnancy, practice calming techniques and try to remain calm. Yoga, exercise, and getting enough sleep are great ways to destress. When you learn to remain calm, you provide a peaceful enviroment not only for you but for your baby as well.
One of the most important thing moms to be can do to prevent postpartum depression is to develop a strong support system. Enlist family, friends, neighbors, even online friends to help you in your journey. It takes a village, you know. Have people who love you and want to support you. When they ask what they can do to help, give them a job to do. Don’t try to do it all on your own, you are not superwoman.
At the first sign of something amiss when your baby is born, go ahead and make an appointment to talk with a professional about your feelings. A counselor or therapist will be able to really help you and has the tools that you need to deal with your feelings.
After your baby is born, go easy on yourself. Don’t try to keep a perfectly clean house, go back to work, paint the house, move across the country, have a dinner party for 20. You just had a baby. Rest, relax, bond with your baby, and there will be plenty of time for the rest to fall into place.
Don’t forget to take care of mom too! Having a baby is hard work, and if mama ain’t happy… Well you know.. Go have your hair done, leave the baby with a family member and go visit a friend, go to a spa, or just go see a movie alone. Make time to take care of yourself so you can give to those who need you most.
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Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)