Postpartum Depression: all the information you need to know about.
What Is Postpartum Depression?
For most women, having a baby is one of the most important things in their life and it really is. But when postpartum arrives depression can become a real problem.
Postpartum depression is a serious, but treatable medical illness involving feelings of extreme sadness, indifference and/or anxiety, as well as changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. It carries risks for both.
Postpartum Depression most common signs and symptoms
12 most common postpartum depression signs and symptoms
We’re gonna list all the possible symptoms so you’re on time to recognize it and if you have someone close to you experiencing any signs, the best thing to do is alert them and support them.
- Difficulty bonding with baby
- Anxiety, anger and shame
- Irregular sleep or insomnia
- Increase and decreased appetite
- Easily irritable
- Lack of energy
- Depressed mood or crying spells
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Mood swings
A woman experiencing peripartum (the period preceding or following childbirth) depression usually has several of these symptoms, and the symptoms and their severity may change. These symptoms may cause new mothers to feel isolated, guilty, or ashamed. To be diagnosed with peripartum depression, symptoms must begin during pregnancy or within four weeks following delivery.
What can we do to improve these conditions?
First step: detect the problem. Second: start looking for solutions.
At Le Fit Mom we defend that a healthy lifestyle keeps us on the right track. Regular exercise and a balanced diet is the key to success. Take note:
- Look for help. If you feel you can’t face the situation, contact an expert.
- Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Low-intensity exercise sustained over time starts a biological cascade of events that results in many health benefits, such as protecting against heart disease and diabetes, improving sleep, and lowering blood pressure. The challenge is to start!
- Look for a coach’s support. It’s always easier to start if you have an expert by your side. Eva Rogel, our expert in prenatal and postnatal fitness and rehabilitation will help you in all the process.
- Start a nutritional plan. Start a balanced diet with a dietitian. The specialist will provide you the menu taking into account your preferences. That will help you to save time when doing the grocery.
There’re a lot of things to do to start recovering from Postpartum Depression. At Le Fit Mom we help moms to prevent and overcome postpartum depression with a bespoke training and nutrition plan.
How partners, family and friends can help
Support is crucial. Learn how to help:
- Detect the signs. Learn to recognize the symptoms of depression and anxiety and if you see signs, urge her to see a health care provider.
- Listen to her. Let her know you want to hear her concerns.
- Support her. Let her know she’s not alone and you are here to help.
- Encourage her to look for help. She may feel uncomfortable. Encourage her to talk with a health care provider.
That would be all the basic information you need to know about Postpartum Depression.
You can also have a look at our article: 8 Questions to Ask at Your 6-Week Postpartum Check-up.