How to prevent postpartum depression?
To avoid postpartum depression, it is advisable to rest by getting enough sleep and allowing yourself time to relax and think about yourself. To do this, it may be a good idea to entrust your baby to someone you trust for a short period of time, which can be progressively longer. You can also try to take naps with your baby or relax with a warm drink or music that you like or anything else you enjoy. It's also important to listen to your body and give yourself a break when your body is tired. It is also possible to ask someone you trust to take care of your baby when you are at home.
In addition, it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet with a variety of foods that will allow you to avoid deficiencies and fatigue. You can also practice sports or simply go for a walk.
In short, anything that will allow you to feel good by taking time to focus on you and your well-being.
Then, it is important to stay in contact with your loved ones as much as possible and not to isolate yourself. This can be done through phone calls, walks, time shared with people who are important to you. These are also people you can confide in if you are feeling down. Surround yourself with people who will not judge how you feel!
Treatments for postpartum depression?
For a "simple" baby blues, the presence and reassuring advice of our loved ones and health professionals are often enough to move on.
However, for depression, treatment must be considered to get out of this pathology. Thus, several treatments are available:
A brief psychotherapy coupled with antidepressants (to be avoided in case of breastfeeding) or any other treatment against anxiety: these therapies very often allow the mother to detach herself from her relationship with her baby to tell her own conflicts, especially with her mother. This is often how the relationship between mother and child improves.
Hospitalization in a parent-child unit for one or more days for mothers in great difficulty. Women with postpartum depression often have difficulty trusting themselves and are depressed, which does not necessarily allow them to respond to their baby's needs in the same way. In these services, of which there are about 20 in France, a team composed of various caregivers listens to the mother in order to reassure her and to create or maintain the link with the baby, which is essential for his or her development. Indeed, babies tend to feel the state of their mother and can then develop eating and sleeping disorders, etc. These stays are therefore often very beneficial for mothers who feel overwhelmed by the situation and who are in a depression phase. The fact that their baby is in the hands of a team of caregivers reassures them most of the time, which allows them to concentrate a little more on themselves.
An intervention by a home health care professional once or several times a day for a period of time, which takes over the parent-child units. This allows the woman to feel more confident with her baby. This assistance is very useful for women who do not have the support of relatives.
Psychologists can also come to the home to provide psychological follow-up. This is particularly useful to avoid puerperal psychosis.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms similar to those of postpartum depression, we advise you to consult a doctor quickly in order to take charge of it and to allow you to feel better. Indeed, the rate of recovery from postpartum depression is high and it is even higher if it is taken care of quickly.
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