It is quite an overwhelming feeling to give birth to a child, but sometimes dealing with the childbirth can turn into an exhausting and stressful experience. You will witness a range of emotions that will be out of your control. Coping with post-delivery stress can help to calm you down. Follow the tips given below to save yourself from an emotional outburst post-delivery and improve your emotional health.
Focus on your Health Post-Pregnancy
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet enriched with all the nutrients and drink plenty of fluids.
- Get enough rest to restore your tensed muscles to normal.
- Avoid or limit the entry of visitors or relatives in your house. This is the time when you should focus on your health and your newborn child.
Let your Feelings Out
- Don’t hesitate to ask for help with the baby or with the household chores, from other family members and friends.
- Seek help or advice from women who are mothers to newborns and ask for tips to tackle post-childbirth challenges.
- Giving birth might divide your love and care between your baby and your partner. Do try to give some time to your partner too as this will improve your emotional well-being.
- Discuss with your partner the feelings of being a parent and expect the same from him too.
- Avoid having sexual intercourse just after delivering your baby as you are still in a recovery phase, both physically and mentally.
- Talk to your partner in order to deal with the sexual changes and mood swings after childbirth.
Postpartum Depression and Psychosis
Some women go into postpartum depression within the first two months of delivery. The sudden change in the hormone levels in your body can result in sleeping problems, long-lasting sadness, anxiety, lethargy, frequent crying, guilt feelings, low self-esteem and eating problems. Breastfeeding a newborn leaves you exhausted, which sometimes affects the bond between your baby and you. Postpartum Psychosis is a more serious condition than Postpartum Depression, though it is quite rare and happens in case of 1 in 1000 new mothers. A new mother can suffer from hallucinations, feelings of paranoia, hearing or seeing things that don’t exist. She may lose touch with the reality which may be harmful to her and the baby.
Dealing with Depression and Psychosis
Follow the ways mentioned above, to nurture yourself back to health postpartum. But don’t confuse temporary ‘baby blues’ with clinical postpartum depression or psychosis. In case the depression becomes severe or don’t seem to end six weeks postpartum, consult your doctor immediately. Your doctor can offer medication, therapy, counseling, diet changes to help you overcome the illness. Psychosis can become severe causing you to have harmful thoughts for you or your baby. To treat psychosis, a mother may need short-term hospitalization and intense medical care. Positive outlook towards life and loving people around you can sail you through the emotional upheaval you might experience post delivery.