How can post-partum depression be prevented?
To avoid post-partum depression, it's 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 gradually become longer and longer. You can also try to take naps at the same time as your baby, or relax with a hot drink, pleasant music or anything else you enjoy. It's also important to listen to your body and know how to rest when it's at its limits. You can also ask someone you trust to look after your baby when you're at home.
In addition, it's important to eat a healthy, balanced and varied diet to avoid deficiencies and fatigue. You can also take part in sports or simply go for a walk.
In short, anything that makes you feel good by taking time to focus on you and your well-being.
Secondly, it's important to stay in touch with loved ones as much as possible and not s'isolate yourself. This can mean making phone calls, going for walks, sharing time with people who are important to you. These are also people you can confide in if you're feeling down. Surround yourself with people who won't judge how you feel!
Treatments for post-partum depression?
For a "simple" baby blues, the presence and reassuring advice of our loved ones and healthcare professionals are often enough to help us move on.
Nevertheless, in the case of depression, treatment must be considered in order to overcome this pathology. Several treatments are available:
Brief psychotherapy combined with antidepressants (to be avoided when breastfeeding) or other anti-anxiety treatments l: these therapies often enable the mother to detach herself from her relationship with her baby, and talk about her own conflicts, particularly with her mother. This is often the way to improve the relationship between mother and child.
Hospitalization in a parent-child unit for one or more days, for mothers in serious difficulty. Women suffering from post-partum depression often find it hard to trust themselves, and are depressed, which means they can't necessarily respond to their baby's needs in the same way. In these services, of which there are around 20 in France, a team of various caregivers is on hand to listen to the mother, reassure her and create or maintain the bond with the baby that is essential to its development. Babies tend to sense their mother's state of mind, and can therefore develop eating and sleeping disorders, etc. These stays are therefore often very beneficial for mothers who feel overwhelmed by the situation and are in a depressive phase. The fact that their baby is in the hands of a team of caregivers reassures them most of the time, enabling them to concentrate a little more on themselves.
The intervention of a healthcare professional at home once or several times a day for some time, taking over from the parent-child units. This allows the woman to feel even more at ease with her baby. This is particularly useful for women who do not have the support of relatives.
Psychologists can also come to your home to provide psychological support. This is particularly useful in preventing puerperal psychosis.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms similar to those of post-partum depression, we advise you to consult a doctor as soon as possible, so that this can be taken care of and you can feel better. In fact, the recovery rate from post-partum depression is high, and lit's even higher if it's treated quickly.
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