Postpartum depression (PPD) affects up to 1 in 7 women after they have a baby. But with the right support and strategies, you can find ways to cope and manage PPD. Here are some signs and tips for finding help.
Signs of PPD include feeling anxious, overwhelmed, guilty, worthless or exhausted; difficulty sleeping; and changes in appetite. It can be hard to recognize these signs in yourself, especially when caring for a newborn, but it’s important to be aware of them.
The most important step is to seek support. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. You don’t need to go through this alone. There are people and resources available to help you.
It can also help to reach out to family, friends, and other new moms. Share your thoughts and feelings and ask for help with things like childcare or housework. Having someone to listen and show understanding may help.
Take a break when needed. Consider asking a friend or family member to babysit so you can take a nap, meet with friends, or do something else that helps you relax.
And don’t forget to practice self-care. Set aside time for activities like yoga, meditation, or a hot bath. Make sure to get plenty of sleep and eat healthy meals.
Seek professional help if you feel like you aren’t getting better. Talk to your doctor about talking to a therapist or getting medication. With the right support and strategies, you can get through postpartum depression.