Perinatal Mood Disorder
Pregnancy is a marvelous endeavor for women. Who can estimate the value of bringing even one child into the world? Pregnancy comes with a price. It adds new demands on the body and the mind. It creates a new challenge for the mother –to-be or the already existing mother. These challenges come in the form of new nutritional needs as the baby is taking from the mother so that it can have a strong body. She also feels more fatigue as it requires added energy to build a baby.
Once the baby is born the demands on the mother’s body haven’t gone away. As a breastfeeding mother, she still needs additional nutrients for the baby, even more. She still may feel fatigue especially from sleep deprivation. She may get tempted to feel depressed. Does she need to build her coping strategies? Yes!
7 ways to help a woman avoid perinatal mood disorder.
1. Make positive affirmations and place them around the home. “I feel smart.” “I like to eat healthy food.” “I am beautiful.” “I am a good mother.”
2. Take in the vital nutrients that you and baby need. Omega 3’s, protein, calcium, Vitamin D, etc.
3. Get outside for a few minutes every day to take in the wonder of God’s creations.
4. Find joy in the small things and look for the many ways to be grateful.
5. Keep life simple
6. Believe in the possible. Build a faith that is stronger than the current circumstances that ‘things will get better with time.’ Then strive to do something productive that day.
7. See a therapist if a feeling of melancholy, anxiety or rage becomes profound.
Postpartum Progress is a non-profit organization working to vastly improve awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression, and to provide peer leadership and support for the women who have them. They are the most widely read website & blog in the US on maternal mental health. http://postpartumprogress.org