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Postpartum depression (PPD) is one of the most common problems that affect new mothers after delivery. Nearly 50 percent of the women are affected by it after childbirth. Baby blues is an early form of PPD which usually disappears within three weeks of child birth. Only twenty percent of the women suffer from more serious forms of PPD. The symptoms of PPD are anxiety, insomnia, not having loving feelings towards the baby and a feeling of helplessness. It can also lead to suicide tendencies and psychosis.
PPD is often treatable through medications and psychotherapy. The symptoms of PPD can also be eased if you have a supportive partner and family. If your loved one or a close friend is going through postpartum depression, there some things that you can do help out the person.
Sometimes a new mother can find the amount of work involved taking care of a baby to be overwhelming. You can ease this by giving appropriate help. Also you have to make sure she gets psychiatric help at the same time. Always talk to the obstetrician about the depression of your spouse.
PPD patient has to be assured that she is normal. There is no need to feel ashamed about the depression as it is not her fault. Also, she needs to be aware that postpartum depression is not unique to her, as several women go through it.
A woman who is suffering from PPD will have several mood swings and throw temper tantrums. Be patient with her and learn to deal with it in an appropriate manner. PPD patients need all the more loving and caring in their condition. During a conflict, try to be gentle with her.
After child birth women have very little time for themselves. She has to take care of the baby, the house and herself. It can cause fatigue which makes PPD worse. Be a helping hand and suggest that you will look after the baby and also help out with household chores. When the mom is taking a nap, be with the baby, so that the mother can rest without worrying.
Do not leave the mother and baby to themselves. Connect with your spouse or friend, and indulge in spending time together. Take a walk together and spend a little time outdoors without the baby. If you are away, then keep in touch on the phone regularly.
Surprises are small things that work well on PPD. So, cook dinner or buy some small presents for her.
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