Understanding Post Partum Depression ( P.P.D )

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The term “postpartum depression” refers to the depressive episodes following child birth. This can occur after the birth of any child, not just the first. This can equally occur after a miscarriage or termination of pregnancy. According to the Office of the Women’s Health of the U.S Department of Health and Human Sciences, there is a wild rang in the severity of the symptoms.

Many women experience postpartum blues, or baby blues, characterized by sadness, anxiety, irritability, fluctuating moods and fatigue. These blues are normal if they are short lived resolving themselves without medical help within ten days after child birth.

However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimated that 1 out of 10 new mothers’ feelings go beyond the first few days, if it appears several months after the birth. This maybe full-fledged postpartum depression, in which the feelings of anxiety, sadness, or despair are so intense that the new mothers has trouble coping with her daily tasks. Here are 5 tips for coping with P.P.D;

  1. Try to talk to someone or other mothers in particular about your feelings.
  2. Find time to do something positive for yourself eve if it is only 15 minutes a day. Try reading, taking a work, taking a relaxing bath.
  3. Ask others to help you with child care, household chores, and errands. Your husband can help in night time feeding duties.
  4. Isolation often perpetuates depression. Get dressed and leave the house at least for a short while each day. A fresh air and change of scenery will do you and the baby a lot of good.
  5. Try to get one thing done in any giving day. There are days you will not be able to get anything done. Do not be angry at yourself.

SOURCE: AWAKE.

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