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Dealing with pre-baby blues

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Dealing with pre-baby blues

Awareness of post-natal depression is on the rise, but women are seldom screened for anxiety or depression during pregnancy

Keep depression at bay

Some tips to reduce the risk

> Look after yourself; self-care, both physical and emotional, is vital even when there are no problems. Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Find some time each week to do something you enjoy—it improves your mood and helps you relax. Get adequate sleep.

> Be open-minded about options of delivery: C-section or normal; epidural or not; breastfeeding or not. Studies have shown that in the long run, especially when it comes to the baby’s emotional development, the choice doesn’t really matter; what matters is the mother’s emotional state and comfort with the choice she made. 

> Be wary of family members and friends ready with critical or commanding unsolicited advice. 

> Increase positive influences. Find online support or spend time with friends who are supportive, helpful and offer constructive criticism, if any. 

> Exercise alone can reduce the risk of emotional disturbance by 30%. Mindfulness (focusing all your attention on one activity instead of multitasking) on a daily basis has been shown to significantly curb anxiety and depression. 

> Do not try to do everything yourself. Let family and friends help you with housework, shopping, etc. 

> Discuss any worries you may have with your family, your physician or a gynecologist.

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posted Feb 9, 2016 by anonymous

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While the long awaited arrival of a bundle of joy in the family leads to an initial feeling of euphoria and exhilaration, for some women, such joy may soon be replaced with what we call “baby blues”.

Baby blues are partially hormonal in nature, but are also related to anxiety that comes along with becoming responsible for a new and tiny living being! Experts suggest that baby blues must however be differentiated from what is officially called post-partum depression (PPD). Baby blues tend to be mild and women can cope with these with effective support structures and emotional help from the partner, other members of the family, and friends.

However, the more severe version, PPD, could need professional help. The first step is to diagnose PPD. Certain overlapping symptoms of baby blues and PPD are sadness, mood swings, bouts of crying, and sleeplessness. Symptoms specific to PPD include lack of interest or negative feelings towards the baby, loss of pleasure, lack of energy, and feelings of worthlessness and guilt. Causal factors for PPD include stress and hormonal changes. PPD needs to be tackled for the welfare of both the mother and the baby. Studies suggest that babies whose mothers have PPD can, as a consequence, suffer from childhood depression and also from behavioural, social, emotional, and cognitive development related issues.

For tackling PPD, the first step is for those with PPD to realize they aren’t alone. In the United States, a 2013 study estimated that around 14% of mothers of newborns suffer from PPD. Apart from seeking professional help, mothers of newborns can deal with PPD by ensuring that they have sufficient nutrition (includes meals on time) and sleep.  Investing energy in interpersonal relations including with the spouse and by joining a support group of other newborn mothers is also recommended. Exercising, yoga, and pranayam are also suggested as stress busters that can effectively combat PPD. Most importantly, do not hide or suppress your feelings but cry when you must and confide in friends, family, and your partner. 

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depression
 
When depression occurs in an individual, it usually distracts the individual from his normal, routine functioning. Also, it is very common to see depression bring pain to the person who is suffering from depression and the person who is looking for the former. Doctors term this depressive disorder and treat it like how they treat other real illnesses. Extreme care should be taken to ensure that this is not treated as a flaw in the character of the person suffering from depression.
 
Symptoms of Depression
    •    Remaining sad
    •    Remaining hopeless
    •    Guilt feelings
    •    Reduction in pleasure
    •    Decline in energy
    •    Reduction in concentration
    •    Reduction in sleep
    •    Reduction in weight
    •    Suicidal tendencies
    •    Restlessness
 
Causes of Depression
    •    Sudden loss of job
    •    Separation from the spouse or divorce
    •    Failing in a professional course or in high school
    •    Isolation from social activity
    •    Sudden death or illness was seen in a family member or friend
 
Home Remedies of Depression
    
Eating a healthy diet

eat healthy

  • Consuming healthy foods is very important. Health foods are eggs, sour cherries, fish oil, healthy fats, and flaxseed oil.
  • Have these through your main meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stay away from coffee

  • Depression and coffee don’t go well as it results in a decrease of 5-HIA
  • Avoid having coffee at regular intervals, stick to 1-2 cups max.

Consume green tea

green tea

  • Drinking green tea results in L-theanine. This works in coordination with caffeine.
  • Reduces the negative consequences of bad moods. You should have green tea twice a day.
  • It can be consumed in both cold and hot forms to fight depression.

Chamomile tea

  • Chamomile tea is rich in certain flavonoids. It helps the depressed individual to relax and fall asleep easily.
  • A warm cup of chamomile should be taken right before bedtime.  

    
Consume more B-vitamins

  • B-vitamin rich diet includes helps in fighting off depression. Have at least one healthy portion of vitamin B-rich foods. These include cheese, spinach, fish, turkey, etc. 

Have a magnesium rich diet

  • A magnesium rich diet fights off signs of depression. Have a handful of cashew nut or almonds in the morning.
  • Alongside, cooked black beans about 1/2 cup can be consumed too. Eating a banana on empty stomach is suggested.

Exercise

exercise

  • Any form of exercise be it yoga or cardiovascular helps release endorphins. This fights depression
  • Try to do at least half an hour of exercise everyday. It can be done indoors or outdoors to ease depression. 
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