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NEW MOM’s HEALTH AND FITNESS-Part7 Baby Blues (Post-Partum Depression (PPD))

Sahil Pathania
Sahil Pathania
Being a father of two young kids, to some extend I can feel the burn of several sleepless nights, busy days and constant efforts to create a balance between new and old responsibilities.
Motherhood erupts many strong emotions in woman, at one time you feel love, affection and excited and few hours later fear, anxiety, stress and frustration may grip you. It’s quite normal for new mother to pass through this vast array of emotions. But sometime these ‘baby blues’ are intense and last longer than expected. When you feel ‘baby blues’ for more than 3 to 4 weeks and you see no sign of their disappearance, immediately seek medical help.

Further let us enumerate factors which can lead to PPD. There is no single reason which leads to PPD but combination of various physical and emotional factors which manifest themselves into PPD.

1. Drop in level of Estrogen and Progesterone hormone.
Post childbirth, the level of these hormones drops quickly, which initiates several chemical changes in brain, triggering physical and emotional symptoms like restlessness, anxiety, fear, stress etc.
2. Lack of sleep, no rest and physical exhaustion to cope up with new responsibilities aggravate the situation.
3. Pre-pregnancy depression, smoking, alcoholism can also be the cause.
4. Gestational/Maternal age and type of birth also impact the women’s mental and physical health.

One point, I would like to stress here is that there is no single thing a mother does or does not do which can be the reason for PPD.
There are various symptoms which help you to identity and differentiate the PPD: -
· Mood Swings
· Restlessness and inability to sleep
· Feeling of fear and anxiety
· Spells of crying
· Loss of interest in activities
· Eating too much or too little
· Avoiding people
· Difficulty bonding with child
· Thoughts of harming self or baby and even suicidal thoughts
· There can be many symptoms which indicates the PPD
What you can do: -
· Be active and exercise:
Here, I am not saying that start going to gym soon after birth, but try to move as much as possible, once your doctor gives a green signal, try to follow an exercise regime.
· Do not isolate yourself:
Meet with friends, talk to dear ones, never avoid people.
· Confide your feeling to trustworthy people:
If there is a anything bothering your physically or mentally share it with trustworthy people.
· Postpone important decision:
Once you are comfortable into new responsibilities, then get back to complete leftover things.
· Set realistic goals:
Always set small, reasonable and realistic goal. Always focus on long term results
· Seek immediately medical/clinical help if required and educate yourself
Conclusion: -
The birth of new life brings new set of responsibilities, stress and fear. Try to avoid factors or situation which aggravate your situation. Always remember that you know yourself better than others. Never lose hope because after a dark tunnel there is light, just be patient and calm.
It’s always YOU vs YOU and you are more stronger than you believe.  Stay fit, stay healthy.

References:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31581862
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31552850
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31552596
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31550613
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31542556
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31542556
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31520440
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
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