‘Baby Blues’ after childbirth! how to deal with it❓

If you have the “baby blues” after childbirth, you’re not alone. About half of women have a few days of mild depression after they have a baby. This can be upsetting, but it’s normal to have some insomnia, irritability, tears, overwhelmed feelings, and mood swings. Baby blues usually peak around the fourth day after the baby is born. They tend to improve in less than 2 weeks, when hormonal changes have settled down. But you can have bouts of baby blues throughout your baby’s first year.

If your depressed feelings have lasted more than 2 weeks, your body isn’t recovering from childbirth as expected.
Postpartum depression:

  • Is a serious medical condition. Without treatment, it can last a long time and make it hard for you to function. And it can affect your baby’s development.
  • Is best treated with counseling and an antidepressant medicine.
  • Can further improve with home treatment.

To prevent serious problems for you and your baby, work with your doctor now to treat your symptoms.

If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself, your baby, or anyone else,see your doctor immediately or call for emergency medical care.

How is postpartum depression treated?

Depression is a medical condition that requires treatment. It’s not a sign of weakness. Be honest with yourself and those who care about you. Tell them about your struggle. You, your doctor, and your friends and family can team up to treat your postpartum depression symptoms.

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Work together to decide what type of treatment is right for you. (You may also have your thyroid function checked. This test is to make sure that a thyroid problem isn’t causing your symptoms.)

Treatment options

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy with a supportive counselor. This is recommended for all women who have postpartum depression. It can also help prevent postpartum depression. A cognitive-behavioral counselor can also teach you skills to help you manage anxiety. These skills include deep breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • Interpersonal counseling. It focuses on your relationships and the personal changes that come with having a new baby. It gives you emotional support and helps you solve problems and set goals.
  • Antidepressant medicine, ideally along with counseling. Even if you breast-feed, you can take an antidepressant for postpartum depression. Breast-feeding offers many emotional and physical benefits for both baby and mother. So experts are studying which antidepressants are most safe for breast-feeding babies. Whether or not you breast-feed, your doctor is likely to recommend a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

Breast-feeding babies whose mothers take an antidepressant do not often have side effects. But they can. If you are taking an antidepressant while breast-feeding, talk to your doctor and your baby’s doctor about what types of side effects to look for.

Home treatment

  • Schedule outings and visits with friends and family. Ask them to call you often. Isolation can make depression worse, especially when it’s combined with the stress of caring for a newborn.
  • Get as much sunlight as you can. Keep your shades and curtains open. And get outside as much as you can.
  • Eat a balanced diet. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. If you don’t feel hungry, eat small snacks throughout the day. Nutritional supplement shakes are also useful for keeping up your energy.
  • Get some exercise every day, such as outdoor stroller walks. Exercise helps improve mood.
  • Ask for help with preparing food and doing other daily tasks. Family and friends are often happy to help a mother with a newborn.
  • Don’t overdo it. And get as much rest and sleep as you can. Fatigue can increase depression.
  • Join a support group of moms with new babies. An infant massage class is another great way of getting out and spending time with others whose daily lives are like yours. You will also learn new ways to bond with your baby.
  • Play upbeat music throughout your day and soothing music at night.

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ByHealthwise Staff

Benefits of Eating Frequently During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause many changes in your body. In pre-pregnancy days you had lots of energy, strength and stamina. You hardly ever had to worry about weight gain. But now, you are fatigued, weak, light-headed and gaining pounds rapidly. Is there any hope to effectively deal with these ongoing issues?

A simple, yet productive approach to many undesired changes in pregnancy would be to change your eating habits. Of course you should eat a healthy balanced diet stuffed with lean protein and veggies, but what about the timing of your meals?

Eating small meals every 2-3 hours has loads of benefits — not only for pregnant women, but for all people. The typical American diet revolves around three major meal times — breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, this is a less healthy way of eating. Have you noticed that the dinner portions at your favorite restaurant are noticeable larger than the lunch portions? This is exactly what you don’t want. Living in an unhealthy culture makes it more difficult to stick to a nutritious-eating plan, but if you try hard enough, you can do it!

By choosing to switch to a six to eight meals a day plan, you will most likely see an improvement in the following conditions:

Too much weight gain 
Eating frequent meals naturally speeds up your metabolism and your body burns more fat at a faster pace. This one change in your eating routine could help you slow down on the
 pregnancy weight gain.

During pregnancy, dizziness can be caused by many things. Sometimes low-iron(anemia) or low blood sugar(hypoglycemia) can occur during pregnancy and can cause dizziness. Eating small snacks every 2-3 hours can help keep those conditions stable.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to nausea on an empty tummy. Keep the bites frequent, but low-calorie and healthy for a nausea-busting trick. Keep whole wheat crackers or healthy nuts in your purse in case you are busy and don’t have time to run home and eat.

Morning Sickness and Vomiting 
Eating frequent meals will also help
 alleviate morning sickness. Vomiting is more likely to happen if you go many hours without eating. This can be a result of low-blood sugar and other pregnancy-related ailments. So, keep snacking!

Digesting a large meal takes a lot of work. Give your system a break by consuming smaller meals. An easy trick for pregnant moms that work outside the home is eat half your meal at the restaurant and save half for 2-3 hours later. This way, you are still consuming your meals in more frequent intervals without breaking the work schedule.

Your body is going through so many changes — it’s growing a baby! Keep it fueled and charged with powerful, energy snacks throughout the day.

Low-blood sugar. 
Eating frequently will aid in keeping blood sugar levels normal. Low blood sugar can wreak havoc on your day. It can cause irritability, extreme fatigue, rapid heartbeats, panic attacks, and breathlessness. Stay away from refined sugars and simple carbohydrates, as these can also cause your blood sugar to spike, but then dip dangerously low.

HeadachesPregnancy headaches are typically a result of stress, low blood sugar, fatigue or anemia. Starting this small meal plan will help control those issues and lower the amount of headaches you experience during pregnancy.

Just knowing that your health and comfort during pregnancy could be changed drastically by following a more frequent meal plan is reason enough to get started! Here is a sample menu of what your six to eight meals could look like.

  • 7 am: One cup healthy cereal with fresh fruit and skim milk
  • 10 am: One cup of non-fat yogurt and a handful of almonds, pistachios or walnuts
  • 1 pm: One serving of hummus with fresh veggies, a glass of skim milk or fruit juice
  • 3 pm: One 8 oz carton of cottage cheese with sliced peaches or strawberries, two pieces wheat toast
  • 5 pm: Small serving of lean protein served with brown rice and sautéed green beans.
  • 7 pm: One apple, sliced with peanut butter
  • 9 pm: Glass of skim milk and a handful of whole wheat crackers

Take thought throughout the day to keep drinking lots of water. Water will help you digest your meals and keep everything moving in the digestive system. Also, remember this is only a sample suggestion for a small-meal plan. Your diet may need more or less carbs, more or less protein or other specific nutritional values.

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers