Preparing Yourself For The Baby Blues

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Update Date 09/12/2019 . 3 mins read

Almost every new mom will go through the feeling of exhaustion and anxiety after childbirth. Considering the new responsibilities, the sleep deprivation, and lack of time for yourself, it’s understandable why so many moms go through baby blues. In this article, we explain whether it is possible to prevent the baby blues and if so, how do you do it?

Preparing for the baby blues

Scientifically speaking, there is no definite way to avoid the baby blues, but you can prepare for it.

Sleep when your child sleeps

The biggest complaint from new moms (and dads) is not getting enough sleep. The solution to this problem is to sleep when your baby sleeps. It might sound simple, but many people use the quiet time when their baby sleeps to clean up the house or write thank-you letters. Ask for help with these tasks so you can catch up on your much-needed sleep. Those who are able to make up for lost sleep are less likely to feel depressed. So next time you see your child asleep, follow suit and hit that snooze button.

Eat a lot of fish

It may sound fishy but many studies have shown that the omega-3 fats, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), may lower the risk of post-partum depression in new mothers. Omega-3s are commonly found in fish such as salmon, cod, tuna, and sardines. They are also available as a supplement. EPA and DHA cannot be produced by the body, but they play an important part in fetus development. Women who get enough of these fatty acids are less likely to suffer from post-partum depression. A healthy amount of EPA and DHA is roughly 625mg of DHA and 410 mg of EPA daily. This means a pregnant woman can eat up to 12 ounces of fish per week to supply the body with these essential acids.

Exercise if you can

Yes, eating healthy food and exercising is the foundation of a healthy life. If you have a strong body to begin with, you are less likely to develop baby blues after childbirth. Research shows that women who don’t exercise during and after pregnancy are more likely to experience symptoms of depression. Of course, you don’t need to lift weight or run a marathon. Stay in shape with simple exercises like yoga, pilates, walking or swimming. Exercising will improve your mood and make you feel a lot better about your new motherhood. A healthy body is a healthy mind.

Spend some time for yourself

Many moms feel guilty for not spending every waking moment with their newborn child. When moms do spend 15 minutes for themselves, they may feel like it’s a chore, not an indulgence. What if we tell you that newborn babies bond better with calm mothers? If you spend every moment with your child, it is not only stressful for you, it doesn’t help your child either! You should take some time off for yourself, soak in a bathtub or meditate, to calm your mind.

Delegate tasks to others

With a newborn child, you are likely to have to stay home to take care of your child. For some women, staying home means they should complete all the housework. While it is a good idea to contribute to the family, you should delegate some tasks to your family and friends. Don’t be shy about asking your partner or sister to hold the baby or letting your mother do a load of laundry. They will appreciate you asking because they will feel more bonded with the baby.

See a professional before childbirth

If you are having depression during pregnancy, you are at a higher risk of having baby blues after childbirth. If you feel at all depressed, you should see a doctor for professional help before your baby’s arrival. The doctor will give you antidepressant medications and teach you how to avoid baby blues.

Some 80 percent of new mothers experience baby blues. If you ever feel overwhelmed, remember that motherhood does not have to be perfect. You will have a lot of ups and downs, but if you know how to prevent these mood swings, you can breeze through the tough times with ease.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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