New moms, here are 7 ways to deal with postpartum stress

Are you feel irritable after giving birth to your baby? Here are some tips you should take to get rid of postpartum stress.
New moms, here are 7 ways to deal with postpartum stressNew moms, here are 7 ways to deal with postpartum stress
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Giving birth to a child is one of the most beautiful experiences in life. However, it brings a set of challenges along. Not everyone is emotionally equipped to deal with it. Henceforth, it can lead to mental health imbalance.

It is important to notice the symptoms – sadness, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, low energy, anxiety, and irritability.

Dr Kedar Tilwe - Consultant Psychiatrist; Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Hospital says, “Becoming a parent is one of the joyous moments of your life. However, along with it comes a dramatic shift of roles and responsibilities. Moreover, it also increases expectations. In women, the postpartum period is also a one of physiological transition.”

“Some transient anxiety and worries are natural to experience; but if left unaddressed, it can also lead to major mental health concerns such as postpartum psychosis and depression.”

Wondering how to cope up with the increasing pressure? Dr Tilwe lists out seven steps to get rid of postpartum stress:

1. Make some time for yourself. Even if it is only half an hour in a day; do something that you enjoy doing.

2. You are not in it alone. So learn to rely on your support system like your partner, family, friends, etc.

3. If there is a nagging doubt or worry in your head, clarify it with your elders or doctors.

4. Exercise is a great way to de-stress. So follow your doctor's advice and make getting back into shape fun.

5. If you feel like a situation or anxiety is getting out of hand; talk about it.

6. Decide when you want to re-join work. It's not a race and usually, you will require some time off to feel healthy. So, avail your maternity leave benefits as much as you need.

7. Your biggest stress buster is quality time spent with your baby. So, remember to just relax and enjoy his/her company.

Becoming a parent triggers an array of emotions. Instead of letting stress build on you, take things slowly. 

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