You’ve just had a baby. For several months, you’ve looked forward to seeing your child. With the arrival of your little one, you expected to be celebrating and basking in new mom bliss. It is supposed to be a joyous experience. But as you hold your child in your arms, you find yourself crying and anxious. Considering the new responsibilities, lack of sleep and lack of time for yourself, it’s no surprise that a lot of moms feel like they’re on an emotional roller coaster.
Use these tips to help you cope with postpartum depression.
Know it will pass
With household chores piling up, childcare demands, increased workload and hormonal shifts, it would be impossible not to feel overwhelmed. Irritability, tiredness and poor appetite are normal after childbirth. Give yourself permission to feel bad.
New moms are often over stressed. Try not to load yourself up with tasks that aren’t essential. Taking care of yourself and your baby are the most important things at this point in time.
Talk to someone
Most women who suffer from postpartum depression suffer in silence. Their family, friends and health professionals have no idea what they are feeling. You may feel like you’re the only one going through this, but you are not alone.
Talk to your husband, family or friends. Let them know how you feel. Tell them what you’re going through. Don’t keep your feelings to yourself. Joining a support group and meeting other moms who know what you’re going through may also be helpful.
Seek professional help
Consider talking with a therapist if you’re having trouble coping with postpartum depression. A therapist can help you set realistic goals, teach you coping strategies and respond to situations in a positive way.
Remember, postpartum depression is never anyone’s fault. It is a common medical condition that requires treatment. The sooner you get help, the sooner you’ll get back on the road on the road to happy motherhood.