to Recover from Postpartum Depression
post-natal period is characterized by general and chronic fatigue and often depression.
The main factor leading to this stressful state is sleep deprivation. Recovery
after childbirth varies from women to woman, but most undergo fatigue for weeks
and some even months after. More than half of women feel they haven't totally
recovered their pre-natal energy after six weeks.
are a few things you can do to improve the recovery stage of postpartum problems.
Sleep deprivation is hard to eliminate, as the baby is most active during the
night in his or her first few months. Constant interruption of the mother's sleep
leads to perpetual tiredness. The elevated hormone levels present after childbirth
also contribute to this problem, but, fortunately, they only last about a week
after. On the bright side, it only takes a couple of nights of uninterrupted sleep
for the mother to recover.
management is also radically altered after the birth of a child. All the patterns
and usual events now change to face the difficulties presented with addressing
the child's needs. A good plan is to try and anticipate all the potential problems
before child delivery and build a network of friends and family who are willing
to help out. You will probably have to delegate most of your usual chores to other
people, and you should also see this as something useful, rather than frustrating.
care of your child should become the number one priority -- family and friends
can address all other issues. The father should always be there to help out, too.
He will undoubtedly accept most of your requests, realizing that the better you
feel the better the child feels, and also for the sake of the harmony of the home.
advantage of the support everyone is giving shouldn't be total. Leave one or two
things that you can deal with each day. Solving even some small problems will
help you keep your self-esteem high. Anticipate all the other issues that might
come up. Be prepared with some clean diapers and plastic bags for the dirty diapers.
Have healthy snacks ready besides your bed, in case your child wakes you up and
you feel hungry. If the child's bed is in a different room than your bedroom,
make sure to have a comfortable chair next to the crib.
also helps to give yourself a break every once and a while. Try to keep a room
in the house tidy and clean, making it a good sanctuary to clear your head and
relax. Long warm baths might seem like a luxury during these extenuating times,
but use them to recharge.
well balanced diet is necessary and vitamin and mineral supplements help to get
you back in top working order (Dr.
Ben Kim's Greens, a super dense barley powder, is a wonderful supplement).
shouldn't diet for the first three months after childbirth. Carbohydrates are
used extensively during this time for various processes, and eliminating or limiting
their intake will lead to aggravated fatigue and physical weakness.
give up practicing at least one of your hobbies, as even small periods of time
when you're having fun will get your energy back up.
the weather is nice you should do your best to try and take short walks, as this
will keep you in good shape, as well as beat back depression.
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