Mostly, new mothers experience mood swings; these are called baby blues. Unfortunately, a minority experiences something worse; It’s called Postpartum Depression or PPD.
The last thing an expecting mother should think during pregnancy after months of anticipation is anything going wrong. Postpartum Depression is a mood disorder related to childbirth. It affects both genders, and symptoms range from extreme sadness, anxiety, uncontrolled crying, low energy, and bad diet.
Talk About it
You need to stay strong, and get help. The best way is talking with your doctor about any of the symptoms mentioned above that you may be experiencing. Realistic expectations prevent PPD. Every new mom has to adjust losing some control over their daily life; It’s understandable that it overwhelms you.
This may lead to anxiety and depression. There will be some up and downs because there are no safeguards when it comes to becoming a first-time parent.
You will bond with your newborn better if you remain calm. If you are spending 15-30 minutes relaxing either by meditation or deep breathes, you will do well. You will cope with stress better. If you struggle to do it on your own, ask a friend to join you or join a program. Women are a great support system to help you through this time.
Sleep When Your Baby Does
You won’t have much time to rest, no mother does. So you will have to change; Practice a classic adage, sleep when your baby does. You have to use this downtime to rest instead of pursuing housework and other things that you feel are going to make you seem to have it all together. You may even consider hiring someone to help you to assure you get the necessary rest.
A Career Change
You may have to think of motherhood as a career change. The only difference is, this isn’t a 9-5 job, you will have to be on your toes for 24/7. You can expect the first few days to be extremely stressful, but you will get along with it.
Don’t Fear Perfection
Don’t try to be the perfect parent; there is no way you will pull it off. A commoncause of postpartum depression is being a perfectionist. Accept you can’t do everything.
Strive instead to be a happy parent, instead of an ideal one. You don’t have to be an example to anyone; just focus on your baby. You are going to redesign your whole routine and try to fit into it. There is no right way to do that, so just do your best without burning the candle at both ends.
Face Your Fears
You have to prepare yourself to face your fears. Most people don’t admit, but they have their own fears about parenthood. Especially mothers, they are too busy putting a show for saving grace that they actually fail to understand their problem.
Two common issues are the fear of not having enough time with your spouse and practical anxieties about breastfeeding. The first step of dealing with these issues is admitting you have them. This is an important part of your Mommy Makeover.
The first few months of being a new parent can be overwhelming. The most important thing is if you feel overwhelmed or helpless, reach out to someone.