In a given moment, you’re smiling and happy as can be with your little bundle of joy in your arms. Next thing you know, you’re feeling anxious, fearful, nervous, and even a feel a weird sense of sadness. The opposite of how you expected to feel in this long-awaited time of bliss and joy you’ve hoped for. These confusing and conflicting emotions are perfectly natural and are part of the postpartum.
About 80% of women worldwide are affected by the Baby Blues, a condition triggered by the increase in the prolactin hormone, which makes you feel like crying, demotivated, and irritated – experts say, especially at the end of the day.
It’s normal! The condition tends to start anywhere between two days to two weeks after birth and goes away little by little. Around the third month, you’ll start to notice a more stable mood.
So when is it a problem?
The problem arises when the sadness becomes constant, or the woman begins having aggressive feelings, refuses to breastfeed, avoids taking the time to care for the baby, or doesn’t even want to come close to him. The difference between postpartum depression and the Baby Blues is the intensity of the symptoms and drastic alterations to the routine. Postpartum depression impacts the way the mother treats herself and the baby.
1 in 9 mothers
It’s more common than people think. While the topic is still taboo, shame, and lack of information, postpartum depression is a condition that affects about 1 in every 9 women, according to data collected by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Talk to your trusted doctor. Your symptoms shouldn’t be ignored, underestimated, or treated like they’re made up for attention.
Plan and be prepared
Building a support network during your pregnancy can help you cope better with this whirlwind of emotions, many times contradictory – and, thankfully, temporary. You can and should ask for help, vent to loved ones, delegate tasks, and chores and, especially, reduce the expectations and demands when it comes to organizing your home and completing chores.
The first month with a newborn is truly a trial by fire for first-time mothers, but staying calm and positive can help you face it with more ease. If you notice your feelings aren’t just a passing phase or if you feel incapable, in any way, of dealing with the recent changes in your life, do not hesitate to seek out help immediately.
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