What exactly is PND (Post-Natal Depression) and PNB (Post Natal Blues) ?
Giving birth to a new birth is a very happy for all mothers, however, some of the mommies may develop PND after the birth of the baby.
Post Natal Depression is quite common and it can happen to anyone, just like a flu. But what exactly is PND and how can mommies overcome it?
Some of the disorders included mood swings, anxiety attacks, unusual appetite cravings, and even severe morning sickness (otherwise known as hyperemesis), which can be sometimes disabling. The common features of depression are also common to the pregnancy state, such as loss of appetite, poor sleep, feeling tired and forgetful. More useful symptons to look out for would be the emotional features and the negative thinking pattern: cry easily, low mood, irritability, loss in interests, excessive self blaming and feeling of hopeless or that life is meaningless. As mood swings are quite common in pregnancy, one clue to look for is these are associated with an loss of interests in social or occupational functioning.
Post Natal Blues
The blues usually hit in the first week after delivery, and is usually short lasting, subsiding within a few days or weeks. Those affected will feel irritable, weepy and moody. There may be excessive anxiety about being able to cope with the baby, or feeling even fustrated with the baby’s cryings. Post Natal Depression are more common in first-time mothers who have no previous experience with motherhood and those with poor support.
As it is usually short-lasting and does not typically affect the mother’s ability to care for her infant. At this time, we need to help the new mothers to overcome the anxiety. This is when the strong support of our confinement nannies will come in. The new mothers can benefit from confinement nanny’s support and with constant encouragement and reassurance from loved ones, the new mother will confident again.
Post Natal Depression
This is very important to be aware of Post-Natal Depression as it could lead to uneventful situations. If we have never been through Post Natal Depression, we will never understand how dark it is like for these sufferers. Women suffering from PND often think themselves as weak or abnormal. As usual, the typical symptoms is low mood, irritability, poor sleep, tiredness and loss in interests in activities. You will also feel negative feelings towards the baby. It is important for the affected women to seek professional help.
Especially for women who have pre-natal depression or anxiety, it is easy to become post-natal depression or anxiety disorder.
Family support is very important during this period, for the husbands, please try to be more tolerating and understanding. When after a women gives birth, besides the hormonal changes, there is also physical changes (flabby tummy, c-sec scars etc) and feeling of low confidence may contribute to Post Natal Depression
How to cope with Post-Natal Depression?
Most importantly, seek professional help. Speak to your loved ones, family and friends. Don’t bottom up your feelings inside. Even when you don’t feel like getting off the bed, tell yourself “You can do It!” When you don’t feel like eating, drink something nutritious in replacement! Watch a funny video (even when you don’t feel its funny) Take a stroll down the park, smell the flowers! (Being with nature is the best!) Listen to relaxing music, taste the good food or TRAVEL! See the world in different places, don’t cope yourself up at home. You’ll learn to enjoy the little things in life. 🙂
Sometimes in life, we get lemons thrown to us. Take the lemons and enjoy making that lemonade. 🙂 Don’t feel ashamed of yourself, be brave and confident! 🙂
Our confinement nannies will try to console the mommies, by talking to them, cheering them up and making them the food they like to eat. If you don’t have any support at home, it is best to engage a confinement lady. Because this will great reduce your anxiety in caring for the baby and yourself. Confinement nanny will take care of baby 24 hours, cook confinement food for you, cook for your husband as well when he’s at home, brew daily tonics, prepare herbal bath for you, laundry care for mommy and baby, basic housework like sweeping and mopping floor, tidying up the house when free, cleaning the kitchen after every cooking, grocery shopping if necessary.
Confinement nannies will take care of you professionally. Ensuring you have a good diet and baby will have good milk.
Of course, don’t neglect your husbands too! Husbands are the quiet strong hands supporting the family, sometimes men can get post-natal depression too. But whatever it is, a couple should always love and care for one another, with a new additional in the family, this means “Love & Life Must Goes On”. 🙂
May Everyone Be Blessed Always! 🙂