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Dealing with Postpartum Depression during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Dealing with Postpartum Depression during the Coronavirus Pandemic

For the majority of women, especially for first-time mothers, the sudden decrease in estrogen and progesterone during and after delivery can lead to a greater sensitivity to stress, causing some to feel overwhelmed and fearful. It is common to experience baby blues after giving birth. You may experience excessive crying episodes, venting out to your friends and family, or you may even have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby. You are not alone. During this time of crisis, it is even more difficult to deal with postpartum depression. You have to be honest with your partner and let him and your family help you get through this situation.

We’ve listed down ways to deal with postpartum depression during this time of crisis:

1. Acknowledge your situation and seek help from your partner.

There is nothing wrong with being honest with your partner. We are sure that he will fully understand your situation. Be willing to accept a helping hand from him in taking care of you and your child.

2. Maintain a healthy diet and physical activity.

Eating nutritious food and having a physical exercise everyday can help you feel better and will give your body the nutrients you need for yourself and for your baby during your breastfeeding period

3. Give yourself time to rest.

Have enough hours of sleep. A 2009 study details how women who got the least sleep also experienced the most depressive symptoms. You may consider pumping a bottle so your partner can take care of an overnight feeding or two. You may also want to consider sleeping early or taking naps.

4. Schedule a “me time”.

You may feel a bit overwhelmed with the responsibilities of taking care of your baby, work, household errands, and other stuff. Instead of dealing with these stresses alone, you may reach out for help. Let your partner, your mom or your mother-in-law take care of your baby. Dedicate time for yourself at least once a week. Take a nap, watch your favorite movie, go for a walk or do some meditation.

5. Develop your support network.

Aside from finding your comfort in confiding to a close friend or family member, you may also want to consider and be more comfortable in reaching out to your obstetrician, your spiritual leader, or ask around about any local support groups for PPD. 


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