Other signs that depict severe postpartum depression (psychosis), include:
- Feeling distant or not connected with the newborn
- Slipping into the notion that the newborn is somebody else’s baby
- Frightening thought of inflicting harm to the baby or oneself
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Suicide or infanticide
How to manage the signs of postpartum depression?
Being a wife and a mother will be more difficult for women, especially if they show signs of postpartum depression. However, there are ways you can help yourself improve and cope with your symptoms.
These tips might be difficult for some, so it’s best to take things easy. Just always remember that slow progress is still progress.
Here are some ways on how you can cope with postpartum depression:
Communicate with your partner, family, and friends
Doing this will help them understand what you’re going through as well as be aware of the things they need to do to assist you.
Do not be afraid to ask for help
Yes, you want everything to be perfect, but doing so much in a day can just add up to the stress that you currently have. Let others help you in doing housework, so you can focus on things, one at a time.
This isn’t limited to asking help from friends or family, but professional help. These include psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals.
Allot a time for yourself
Being a mother is hard work, so it helps to remember that self-care can help you take better care of others.
You don’t need to do anything extra, you can just simply take a nice bath, listen to music, read, or have a quick walk outside. Making time for yourself is the reward you deserve for being a good mother and wife.
Sleep if you can
Losing sleep is one of the most dreadful parts of being a new mom. That is why napping or resting whenever you can is the best thing you can do.
If your partner is in charge of the baby, take that downtime to catch some sleep and if your baby is napping, go on and take a nap as well.
Exercising your body and mind regularly is important to maintain your sanity, since it releases endorphins that can help brighten up your mood.
Practice healthy eating
Maintain a proper and well-balanced diet. Eating is an essential part of a mother’s day since you need all the energy to take care of your newborn.
For family and friends, if you think that the early warning signs of postpartum depression are present in a new mother in your family or circle of friends, be there for them.
Different women suffer from different severity of postpartum depression. Thus, if you see that they cannot handle the situation themselves, it will be a great help if you’ll be the one to step up for them.