If you’re reading this then congratulations on becoming a new mom! The postpartum period can be overwhelming and challenging if it’s your first child, but it can also be a special time for bonding with your new baby. Make sure you are getting enough rest, eating well, and taking care of your physical and emotional needs. With the drop in progesterone, the ‘blues’ can occur and this can take a toll in the first few weeks. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but it is possible. If it occurs, it can be difficult with a new baby, but it is important to prioritize your own well-being.
Here are 8 tips to help you navigate this time and juggle all the needs of your new baby, and yourself:
- Bond with your baby. This is a special time for you to get to know your new little one. Spend time cuddling, talking to, and looking at your baby. This will also help to build a strong attachment between the two of you.
- Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. They can help with things like cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the baby. You may also want to consider hiring a postpartum assistant to help with breastfeeding and baby care… this is called a “postpartum doula” and it is basically just someone with experience who provides families with good support with everything after a baby is born, for example, feedings, physical help, emotional support and more. Often a grandma will readily function in this capacity if you are lucky enough to have one at the time of your baby’s birth.
- Join a support group. You are not alone in this journey, and connecting with other new moms can be a great way to find support, advice, and friendship. You can find support groups online or in your local community.
- Take it one day at a time. The postpartum period can be overwhelming, so try to take it one day at a time. You may not get everything done that you want to, and that’s okay. You are doing the best you can, and that’s all that matters.
- Be patient with yourself and your baby. Your baby is new to the world, just like you are new to being a parent. Be patient and understanding with yourself and your baby. You will both make mistakes, but you will also make progress.
- Consider therapy or counseling. It is normal to have a range of emotions during the postpartum period, but if you find yourself struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, seeking therapy or counseling can be helpful.
- Take time for self-care. Make time to do things that you enjoy and make you feel good. This can be anything from reading a book, walking, or having a bath.
- Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a great way to process your emotions and reflect on your experiences. You can also look back on it later and see how far you’ve come.
Studies Regarding Postpartum Recovery and Depression
There are many studies that have been conducted on postpartum. These studies cover a wide range of topics, including postpartum depression, postpartum recovery, postpartum care, and postpartum maternal and infant health. Some studies focus on the physical and emotional changes that women experience after giving birth, while others look at the best practices for postpartum care and support. Additionally, there are also studies that focus on the father’s role in the postpartum period and how they can also experience postpartum depression.
One thing I’d like to say is that sometimes hypothyroidism causes depression, actually, it does so quite frequently. And it could be confused with postpartum depression, or even other conditions affecting mood. You might want to read my other article, Hypothyroidism Often Mistaken for OCD, Depression or Anxiety.
Suzy Cohen, has been a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years and believes the best approach to chronic illness is a combination of natural medicine and conventional. She founded her own dietary supplement company specializing in custom-formulas, some of which have patents. With a special focus on functional medicine, thyroid health and drug nutrient depletion, Suzy is the author of several related books including Thyroid Healthy, Drug Muggers, Diabetes Without Drugs, and a nationally syndicated column.