The Postpartum depression it is a mood disorder that affects women after giving birth. One of the causes of Postpartum depression it is due in large part to the enormous changes a woman's body undergoes during and after childbirth. Changes that affect the mood of the woman but also the newborn. How can postpartum depression affect baby's sleep?
Right after birth, hormone levels (estrogen and progesterone) are altered and the metabolism also changes. These changes, along with the fatigue and stress that all new moms experience may be the cause of postpartum depression And if we add to this interrupted sleep, the physiological wear and tear that breastfeeding represents and the change in the rhythm of life, it is easy to determine why this disorder is so common.
The Postpartum depression it is a normal symptom of the mother after the birth of a baby and can cause cycles of irritability, fatigue, moments of crying for no reason, loss of appetite, difficulties in falling asleep and increased susceptibility.
The symptoms of postpartum depression they are the same as depression that occurs before or during pregnancy.
- Feeling of deep sadness.
- Intense irritability and anger.
- Loss of appetite.
- Severe mood swings.
- Inability to enjoy.
- Constant crying.
- Lack of joy in life.
- Difficulty relating to the baby.
- Avoid friends and family.
- Decreased concentration.
- Inability to get out of bed.
There is no single cause, but the most common ones can be exhaustion, lack of sleep, persistent infant crying, lack of partner support, or mother's perfectionism. However, A woman may experience postpartum depression for no obvious reason.
How does a mother's depression affect her baby's development and sleep? As moms go into depression, they are less able to take care of themselves, let alone their children. And, of course, this can cause developmental and emotional problems for infants and toddlers.
Babies can develop insecure attachments to the mother, which can lead to developmental delays, emotional problems in the future, and problems in their sleep. What can we do? Many things, but the first thing of course is to recognize and diagnose Postpartum depression.
- See a specialist
Doctors recommend not waiting to treat depression so that it does not persist. Go to your GP and he will tell you if you need any type of treatment.
- Express and talk about your feelings
With a friend, with a family member or with your partner, but don't shut up, you're sorry. Verbalizing it will help you get all your worries out of yourself.
- Take advantage of any opportunity to rest
It seems difficult, but when your little one takes a nap or his father or grandmother is sleeping him or taking him out for a walk, don't go crazy doing things! That moment is for you to rest and take a little nap. You will wake up like new!
- Eat properly
Foods rich in omega 3, such as salmon, are the most recommended to regulate brain function. In addition, at this time of a woman's life it is also advisable to take nuts, dairy products and foods rich in iron.
- Find time to enjoy with your partner
The arrival of a baby makes both you and your partner have to relocate. You are no longer alone, now you are two and the positions have changed. Talk a lot about how to organize yourself and how you feel about the new situation.
- Try to dedicate a little time a day to yourself
Look for moments so that you can disconnect from everything and, for example, do some hobby you have: reading a book, riding a bike, going for a walk ...
- Do not be very critical of yourself or your partner
Do not judge yourself for what you are going through, it is something more common than you think and it is also something hormonal. You have not looked for it nor do you want it, nor is it anyone's fault: not you, not your partner. And, above all, think that it is something seasonal and that with the passage of time it will pass.
- Ask your family and friends for help
Sometimes you have to delegate. Perhaps you are demanding too much of yourself and that may be playing tricks on you. Don't feel bad about asking for help.
- Sign up for workshops where there are moms and you can share experiences
Meeting mothers in the same circumstances as you will help you not feel so alone and not think that you are a freak.
** All these recommendations are taken from the books of the experts on children's sleep: Tracy Hogg, Elisabeth Pantley, Kim West, National Sleep Foundation and a few more.
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