Every new mother wants to enjoy time with their first baby, but there’s a sad reality that they do not know about. A constant feeling of a dark cloud circling them, which never seem ending for days. It’s common to experience what’s often referred to as the “baby blues” after giving birth or postpartum depression.
Your hormone levels go up and down after labour and delivery. These changes can trigger mood swings, anxiety, trouble sleeping. Also, some people may even have thoughts of harming themselves or their baby. Postpartum depression is a serious condition. It is very vital to discuss treatment options with your midwife. If your symptoms last longer than two weeks, you may have postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression symptoms:
• Severe mood swings
• Excessive crying
• Difficulty bonding with your baby
• Withdrawing from family and friends
• Change in eating habits
• Difficulty sleeping
• Overwhelming fatigue
• Intense irritability and anger
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
• Difficulty concentrating
• Severe anxiety and panic attacks
Natural remedies for postpartum depression
There are ways to treat postpartum depression naturally without drugs.
To begin with, physical exercise
Moderate physical activity is recommended for all postnatal women, and the available evidence suggests that exercise can help to reduce physical fatigue in postpartum, depressed women. It is suggested that women do moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times per week for best results.
Secondly, good rest and sleep
Practice excellent sleep hygiene. If you have supportive adults in your life, make sure they know what good sleep hygiene is and enlist their assistance setting up these patterns for yourself. They can offer you help with baby or household care to create time for you to rest, or you can be accountable to them for putting these practices into place.
Thirdly, eat a well balanced diet
Nutrients make a huge difference in your body’s ability to regulate hormones. During times of stress, change, and healing, your body uses excess nutrients. You need these vital components to balance your hormones during postpartum depression. Eat lots of green leafy veggies, whole grains, and other fruits and vegetables to assure that you are getting an adequate supply of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Fourthly, reduce stress
Avoid social or family programs you don’t have the energy for and turn down unnecessary obligations. Also ask others to pick up responsibilities that you currently carry. There may be a lot of people in your life who are willing to help if you ask. Make a personal list of stress-releasers, paste it where you can see it regularly. Put stress release activities into place whenever you feel your stress point rising!
Furthermore, laugh regularly and hard
Visit with people who make you laugh, read your favorite humorous web sites, or watch a TV show that always provides a chuckle. When turning to YouTube or the internet, set a timer, and after sometime move on to activities in which you connect with someone you can physically interact with and touch. The internet is wonderful, but during times of postpartum depression, it can actually serve to further isolate us by creating connection experiences that don’t involve all of the senses through which true attachment is built.
Additionally, pray or meditate.
Spiritual transformation and growth are a common part of the transition to parenthood. So much about your life has changed. This impacts your control in the world, as well as prevents postpartum depression. Exploring spiritual significance is a healthy means of integrating motherhood or fatherhood into who you are.
Moreover, keep to a routine.
It can be a daily routine or a weekly routine. Even seasonal “routines,” activities or rituals done at particular times around the year, prevents postpartum depression.
Last but not the least, Vitamins
Omega-3 fatty acids are getting some attention among researchers as a possible help for postpartum depression. In fact, a recent study has shown that dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acid prevents this condition. Though more research is necessary, nutritional stores of omega-3s do get tapped quite a bit during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Riboflavin, or vitamin B-2, may also help decrease your risk of developing postpartum depression.