The Baby Blues
22, Feb 2022
Feeling sad with a newly arrived baby
Having a baby can be both exciting and exhausting. He brings a lot of joy, but can also challenge the mom in ways she never expected. Soon after birth, many women feel moody and wanting to cry. You may be blessed with a beautiful baby and a loving partner, and still cry over things that usually do not bother.
You may also feel exhausted, unable to sleep, stuck, or anxious. Your appetite may increase or decrease, or may feel irritated, nervous, worried about being a good mother, or afraid to be a mother will never feel better than now. Reassure yourself: All of these feelings – known as postpartum melancholy – are normal during the first few weeks after delivery. In fact, up to 80 percent of new mothers experience them.
Causes and treatment of postpartum depression
After birth, your body changes rapidly. Hormone levels fall, your milk comes and your breasts may become swollen and sore, and you may feel exhausted. These physical realities can bring Postpartum Melancholy.
Emotional factors also contribute to this. You may feel concerned about the welfare of your baby with the transition to motherhood, or to adjust to the new routine. The new responsibilities may seem overwhelming.
The good side is that postpartum Melancholy is not a disease, and goes away on its own. You do not need any treatment unless the support of family and friends, rest and time. Sleep deprivation symptoms can and should make an effort to relax whenever possible worse. Just a few minutes can make you feel much better.
When someone you know has Postpartum Melancholy
Partners, friends and relatives: The best thing to do is reassure the new mother recalling that many women feel that way after birth. The mother is exhausted, unsure of herself, and, if the first child, never done anything like that before. No wonder we feel overwhelmed!
Just listen, encourage cry if you need it, it recalls the wonderful work you are doing. Look for the number of visitors is minimized, write down your errands, make dinner, help create an agenda and set priorities – what is less important and less urgent can wait.
Give her permission to take care of herself, too. Insist that she rests as much as possible, and offer to take care of the baby. Above all, show her you are there for it all.
Postpartum melancholy or postpartum depression?
People often confuse postpartum melancholy and postpartum depression, because they have common symptoms. How are they distinguished?
If you are in the first two postnatal weeks, expect some emotional disorder. But if you continue to feel this way for more than 2-3 weeks postpartum consult your doctor and seek professional support. If you have a history of depression, have a history of depression in your family, or if symptoms – such as negative thoughts or feelings of anxiety – are particularly troublesome search help also.