7. Be Prepared for Postpartum Depression
You’ve probably heard about postpartum depression or the baby blues, and this is something to be aware of. The ordeal of childbirth leaves a mother with a lot on her plate, so it extremely important that she and the people around her make it easy for her.
We cannot stress the importance of community and family enough regarding this, if a mother is dealing with the baby alone she will be at a greater risk of mental health problems. A new mother should find a support and supportive people who she can rely on and find a safe space to relax and breathe.
Patricia A. Evans, NP, CNM, nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, “postpartum depression (PPD) is more common than most people think, and is more complex than baby blues.”
She also explained, “Feeling overwhelmed with new responsibilities that constantly surround a new mom, sleep deprivation, and pain from delivery are just a few of the events that can lead to feelings of anxiety, frustration, and lack of patience.”
In any case it is important to stay in tune with changes in health and get help as quick as possible.
8. You’ll be Just Fine
Despite all the problems and changes that will come your way your brain will learn to adapt and deal with these changes. It’s one of the miracles of being a woman and a need to survive. Kind of like a silver lining.
Dr. Atkinson says that, “The brain has an incredible capacity to adapt to new situations. There are lots of basic instincts that come into play that are not taught or read about, that mothers (and fathers) pick up when looking after a child. Even though it’s one of life’s most challenging events, people adapt incredibly well.”
But it is important to not strain yourself and not let the baby overtake your life in a way that your mental health is at risk. You need to eat healthy, sleep well, listen to your doctor and be your own best friend.
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