Well, let’s first began by admitting that yes postpartum depression is real. Getting a baby out of your body might seem an immense source of joy but it is extremely painful as well. and doesn’t matter you bring the little one into this world normally or via C section, both of them are equally painful and are major surgery.
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So, when people around you might be busy in celebrating the entry of the newest member in the family. You might be struggling with your own body woes. Your body will require major time in healing. Your tissues are still loose and your tummy has not yet gone back inside. You have suffered a major shape dysfunction in the last nine months and no there is no reason to stay happy about it. The happiness part is already out.
So, now, when the guests are coming over to meet the youngest member and you are busy attending them, making your house look organized, attending to the baby’s needs. You realize that life is not easy. No, it is not a bed of roses as it appears in the movies. The reality is much more difficult. When your body is itself adjusting to the changes, your night sleep gets thrown out of midway because your child will be awake every 2-3 hours at night. Do you know how long your favorite celebrity sleeps?
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And not to forget you have to complete all your household and personal chores when your baby is asleep. Because by the time he wakes, he will demand all your time.
This is when the mother actually gets into depression. Yes, and by that time you realize was all this worth it? Are you not connected with your real one? You feel disconnected from the world. You are no more glamorous and you don’t even want to stay glamorous.
Every 10 out of 50 mothers who give birth to their child every month goes from postpartum depression. This continues at least till your baby is six weeks old or even more than that.
You can explore online therapy platforms like BetterHelp for professional mental health guidance.
So, what should you do? Of course, you can’t leave your baby, but there are some ways of working it out –
- “Together” is the key. Partner with your husband and tell him your situation. Speaking out helps a lot in this case.
- Take help. Don’t be ashamed of taking help from the maids or helps or even from your family members.
- You might feel like staying alone. But it won’t help you. Socialize with people especially with new moms.
- Keep some time for yourself. This is very important. When your child is sleeping, allow yourself “Some ME” time. This will be perfect to freshen yourself up.