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Am I a victim of Postpartum Depression?
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Aug

2019

Am I a victim of Postpartum Depression?
Am I a victim of Postpartum Depression?

For me, getting pregnant came as a surprise. I can say a scary yet joyful one. My pregnancy wasn’t that struggling. At least, not as dreadful as after giving birth.

Read the below Top 10 TIPS THAT HELPED ME TO OVERCAME MY POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION. it’s a Mummy experience, Guided by TABIBI doctors.

I adored my baby, occasionally, when he wasn’t demanding and the truth is, babies, especially newborn ones, are ALWAYS demanding, even when sleeping !. I felt happy for exactly 10 min per day; when the baby was with someone else and I had my own alone time, back to my own comfort zone. Otherwise, I felt sad, alone, restrained, stressed out and most importantly, LOUD. Yes, I admit it, sometimes I snapped when my 1 month cried continuously and I had no clue how to soothe him. The good thing, I can now proudly say that, after 7 months, I overcame my post-partum depression.

1) Understand and admit your own emotions 
Yes, it’s embarrassing to admit. Use the power of self-awareness. You can’t keep losing your nerves over a 1-month baby, after 4 months they will even laugh when you shout.

2)Understand your baby progress, Know when things will get better.  
First 3 month are hard, a cycle of crying, feeding, diapering 24/7. He smiles when he sleeps sometimes, but, don’t be flattered, it is not for you.  You're just here to fulfill his needs. The comforting thing is it will get a lot better when they smile at you when they giggle and actually see you !!. You, Will, feel like a human instead of a machine. YES, FINALLY, I Get SOME EMOTIONS. So, keep in mind, Things with getting better as they grow older.

3)Understand what is postpartum depression, Read about it, know other stories. Know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
 Don’t confuse it with “baby blues” that typically go away after a week or two. Nor postpartum psychosis, which is a medical emergency.
 Postpartum depression is a severe form of clinical depression related to pregnancy and childbirth. It can start any time during your baby’s first year, commonly you start to feel its effects during the    first 3 weeks after birth. Postpartum depression is common. One study of 10,000­ moms with newborns found that about 1 in 7 get postpartum depression. Most of them improve with treatment. Knowing other stories will give you hope.

4) Accept help, Get some alone time
15 min per day for yourself. Ask your husband or close relatives for help

5) Close your ears, don’t listen to critiques
For most people, you are not a good mum anyways; unless you do exactly what they tell you to do.

6) Don’t try to do anything while your baby is in your hand, you will fail. Just accept it as a fact.  
When you are spending time with him, focus on him. Forget the other chores. Thinking about them will just leave you even more stressed out.

7) Be SILLY,
Sing and hold your baby when your upset. It’s lame advice but it actually works !! otherwise, if you're snapping out of control, HIDE. Leave him on the floor, in a safe place. Then hide, go out of the room to calm your self for 5 minutes.

8)GO OUT, frequently and for short periods
To avoid the dilemma of diapering out of the home; around near your house is a blessing, DO NOT stay home 24/7.

9)Know when it gets serious, TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR,
 Educate yourself well on postpartum depression, know when to get professional help. it's not just a mood, it's serious and it can be suicidal.

10) Decide to enjoy the experience.
Despite how difficult it is, laughing with your baby, enjoying every moment with them is worthy.

Note: if you have hallucinations or delusions, obsessive and fearful thoughts about your baby. If You feel paranoid -- deeply suspicious of other people, and no one can talk you out of it. Refuse to eat Or have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. Reach out to your doctor, it can be Postpartum psychosis and it is considered  as a medical emergency

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