Postpartum depression

Having a baby is often an emotional roller coaster. While everyone around is cooing and eager to hold the newborn, as a new mom you may find it difficult to appreciate their enthusiasm, especially when you are surviving on less than five hours of sleep.

Initially after the birth, it is normal to feel tired, sad or worried. But if you continue to feel terrible even three weeks after delivery, you might be suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). Experts believe that PPD is caused by the hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body following birth and can be managed naturally.

Here are four natural ways to deal with your baby blues.

1. Nutrition
Getting proper nutrition will make you feel better. We know that eating usually takes a backseat, as you spend most of your time taking care of your baby, but having a diet that includes plant-based foods, especially fruits and vegetables, will be very helpful to rid you of the blues. Foods rich in omega-3 acids are known to relieve anxiety and can also help in dealing with PPD. (Related Article: Breastfeeding Diet: Balanced Nutrition For Mom & Baby)

2. Sleep
Is all the running, feeding and nappy changing making you lose sleep? Improper sleep can make you irritable and add to your depression. A full eight hours of sleep may sound like luxury when you have a newborn around, but insufficient sleep will only worsen the depression. Small naps are helpful and can be timed with your baby’s. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from your partner or family members to get some time off. (Related Article: 5 Ways To Create The Perfect Sleep Environment)

3. Exercise
Doctors believe that physical exercise can be just as effective as medication when it comes to managing depression. The endorphin boost you get from a workout can work as an excellent mood elevator. If you cannot squeeze some gym time in your schedule, consider going for a walk with your baby.

4. Aromatherapy
Studies have concluded the beneficial effects of essential oils in the treatment of postpartum depression. Oils such as lavender, jasmine and sandalwood can rejuvenate your senses and release stress and anxiety. Diluted oils can be sprayed in the house, used in bathwater or massaged over the body. Talk to your doctor before considering aromatherapy, however, as certain oils may not be recommended while breastfeeding.

Make peace with your changed lifestyle and life. Remember that you have to enjoy your motherhood and not feel burdened by it.

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