Postpartum depression is real.According to the World Health Organisation, in developing nations like India close to 20% women experience some kind of a mental disorder after the birth of a baby. Add to that the kind of utter disregard women in our country show for their own physical and mental needs and you have the perfect combination for a spiraling mental health condition that goes unchecked.It is common for women to experience ‘baby blues’ anytime after delivery till the baby turns about a month old. Typical symptoms include sudden outbursts, mood swings and a feeling of depression.But if these symptoms do not seem to be getting better or improving even after six weeks, then it is a sign. And if these lows are accompanied by thoughts of harming self or the baby, it is best to seek the help of a professional as you realize Postpartum Depression Is Real. The social stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues is tremendous. A lot of women are even made to feel guilty about having anything but saintly ‘feelings’ for the baby.Remember, it is your journey with your baby and if you need help with that, there is no shame is asking for it.And it all begins with the first and most important step - acceptance.
Here are a few other things that you can do to keep depression at bay:
- Ask for help with the baby! You don't need to be a super momma.
- Make time for physical activities in your daily routine - exercise, walks or anything else that works.
- Rest, rest and rest more.
- Eat right and stay hydrated.
- Meet other moms, join support groups and use these forums to express feelings and seek help!
- Seek professional medical help from a practising psychiatrist if the symptoms are overwhelming
A doting mom to an angel, Social Media Specialist & Professional Blogger. She loves to share her thoughts with other parents in the same turbulent boat. She absolutely loves & adores her family & is learning to strike a good work-life balance. When she is not writing, cooking or busy taking care of her toddler, she probably is dancing to some good desi music!