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For Help With Pre & Postpartum Depression - Pay Close Attention To Your Feelings, And Ask For Help

May 31, 2008
Prenatal and postpartum depression is very hard for many mothers to understand and deal with. They are getting set to or have brought a brand new life into the world and no matter how joyous it is they cannot shake feeling blue. While some emotional turmoil is to be expected during this certain time - face it, your hormones have been seriously out of whack for nine months - it should even back out within two weeks of giving birth. Unfortunately, some women's emotions do not even out and help is needed to defeat the melancholy that is sweeping over them. But don't worry this is something many women deal with after the birth of their child so you are never alone.

If you, or someone close to you, notice that your depression has lasted longer than it should, then you could be suffering from postpartum depression. This condition affects up to twenty percent of new mothers and the symptoms and affliction can actually occur up to one year after having your baby. If you are suffering from some of the following symptoms, you may want to speak to your doctor: insomnia; crying for no reason; sadness; change in appetite; withdrawal from friends, family and pleasurable activities; panic attacks; suicidal and negative thoughts.

Be Creative In Your Approach To Pre & Post Partum Depression:

There are ways to cope with postpartum depression in addition to whatever your doctor prescribes. Postpartum exercise is very good to help with depression and if you are not up to strenuous activities, look into a Yoga or Tai Chi class. Go outside for a long stroll with your baby and get some fresh air. It's amazing what some sunshine and fresh air can do for a person's spirits. Talk to people you trust, people who care about you. Share how you are feeling with a good friend or your significant other. Don't keep it all inside. You need all the support you can get while dealing with your raging emotions.

Sometime exercise is the best medicine and going to an exercise class can help you deal with the blues you are feeling. It will also help you regain the figure you had before you got pregnant. Moving around will also help raise your metabolism and get your blood pumping. Postpartum exercise will allow your hormone levels to come back to normal levels which will ease the 'baby blues' that you have been experiencing.

No matter what happens or how you are feeling, never think that you are a bad mother. This is furthest thing from the truth. While you may be blue and sad, you may notice that when you hold your baby some of those feeling lessen. You need to make sure that occasionally you have to come first. Ask for help. Treat yourself to something you enjoy. Get out and get moving. Sleep when you can and follow a good diet. Make sure you also listen to your doctor's advice and within no time, postpartum depression will simply be a memory and you'll be yourself again.
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