Symptoms of PND (postnatal depression)
After giving birth, many women aim to get rid of postnatal depression as quickly as possible. As some people say, “the best kept secret is the joy of
having a baby.” In other words, nothing beats the joy that comes with holding a
part of you for the very first time. Unfortunately, not every one reading this
can agree to that. For some of us, that bundle of joy came with feelings of
fear, anxiety, sadness, tearfulness, irritability, tiredness and a broad range
of negative emotions otherwise knows as PND (postnatal depression).
Postnatal depression can be described as a kind of
depression that affects some women after childbirth. In most cases, it develops
within the first 4-6 weeks of childbirth, but there are times it will develop
many months after giving birth.
PND affects millions of women across the globe with studies
suggesting that out of the 700,000 or so births in England and Wales each year, at least 1 in 10 of these women are likely to
suffer from postnatal depression.
For many women, the symptoms of postnatal depression disappear
or improve within hours or days after birth, but for others, the misery can
prolong for weeks or months. If you happen to be among this group of women
whose baby blues have prolonged for more than 2 weeks after the birth of your
baby, you could be suffering from postnatal depression – an illness that is
highly unlikely to go away without proper treatment.
The good news, however, is that PND is highly treatable, all
you need to do is to notify your health provider and he or she will take it
from there. And the news gets even better because even as you seek treatment
for your PND, there is a lot you can do to quicken the healing process.
Self-Help Tips to Get Rid Of Postnatal Depression
- Talking to family and friends – talk and talk some more about what you are feeling
to people you can trust. Health experts believe that talking is as effective as
- Get adequate rest and have nourishing meals – rest as much as you can and while
you are at it, consume a nourishing diet. This may call for you to get a helper
but it is very important because doctors believe tiredness and malnutrition can
make depression even worse.
- Pamper yourself – get your hair done, buy a glossy magazine, or treat yourself as
you please. Indulging yourself will help
balance out your brain chemistry.
- Last but not least, exercise. Start with a brisk walk around
your neighborhood and then proceed to swimming, yoga and any other form of
gentle workout you enjoy. With time, you will begin to feel more like yourself
and you can finally enjoy your bundle of joy as you deserve.
Hopefully this article helps you not only to get rid of postnatal depression, but also to overcome any form of negative emotion that may come with the postpartum aspect of giving birth. Feel free to leave comments sharing your experiences with postnatal depression and to share this article with other mothers who may benefit from this valuable information.
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