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Postpartum Depression And How To Overcome It


Usually after childbirth, a mother has to learn to care for her child, nourish herself back to good health and recover from childbirth. The time post childbirth is really important as it gives the family time to adjust to a new being in their life and also create a special bond. But these days this time is not considered very important as the burden from the real world caves in and people are in a hurry to get back to their jobs and daily routine. This may lead to the development of a depression called postpartum depression which is very common among parents after childbirth.

What is Postpartum Depression?
Postpartum depression, also called PDD, is a depression which parents suffer from after childbirth. Partus from latin means ‘a bearing’ and post means ‘after’. Not only the mother but both the parents of the child can suffer from this depression. It is very common with parents and there are recorded 10 million such cases in India.

Symptoms Of Postpartum Depression 
Some of the common symptoms of postpartum depression
Behavioral Symptoms
Crying
Mood swings
Restlessness
Irritability
Loss of concentration etc
Psychological Symptoms
Depression
Anxiety
Insomnia
Fear and Panic attacks
Body changes
Loss of appetite
Weight changes (loss or gain)

 

Treatment For PDD
There are many forms of treatment based on the severity of PDD. Some of them include hormone therapy, going to therapists and specialists, getting medication and even self care treatments.
If you are at an early stage of depression then you can overcome it with some of these selfcare methods. Please do not hesitate to seek help from a professional to overcome your depression.

Relaxation
Relaxation is a very good way to overcome PDD. Do some yoga and exercises, meditate often and also do deep breathing exercises. This will help the reduce stress and anxiety in you.

Nutrition
Having nutrition rich food that nourishes is very important. By giving your body a nutrition rich food, you would stay more healthy and happy. Eating warm foods like soups and stew will help your body feel good. The mother needs to hydrate herself often as she keeps on breastfeeding the child.

Anti Inflammatory Foods
Increase intake of anti inflammatory foods like fresh colourful vegetables, green leafy vegetables, fruits and berries, grass fed- beefs, cows, lambs, bison, liver and bone broths, healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, gluten free grains like quinoa, oats, brown rice and probiotic rich food like yogurt, kimchi, low mercury fatty fish like wild caught salmon, etc. Anti-inflammatory foods will help your body recover faster from childbirth.

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