Postpartum depression (PPD) can be devastating for a mother to experience. Seek help from a medical professional if you have any signs of PPD, and see what experts and moms recommend for treatment and prevention.
How can I treat my postpartum depression?
Originally Published on Cafe Mom | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross
Have a Support Team
“If you have a history of postpartum depression during your first pregnancy, there are preventative steps you can take during future pregnancies. Seeing a therapist throughout the pregnancy is the first step in taking control of your emotions. It’s important to establish a support team who will help you be successful avoiding the dark days associated with depression. The team should include your partner, therapist, and health care provider.
Make a Plan
“Identify whether or not you’re at risk for postpartum depression based on your history of depression or other risk factors, such as having a sick baby, poor social support, or financial stress. If you are at risk, it’s helpful to establish a plan for a mental health follow-up in the first two weeks of delivery, if not sooner. Early and regular contact with a mental health professional can help make the determination of what social and medical support is needed before symptoms worsen.
Ask for Help
“New babies are exhausting and you need help. No one will disrespect you for reaching out for a little assistance.”
Get Out of the House Regularly
“I’m a stay-at-home mom with no car, so it helps my mood to go for a walk with my daughter each day, either to the park to see other babies and mommies or to the store to get a special treat.”
Find a Local Support Group
“I didn’t feel like doing anything, so I had to plan things in advance just to get out of bed. I started going to a breastfeeding support group just to be around other people. It helped.”
Sneak in Some “Me” Time
“Even if it’s only the couple of minutes you can salvage to take a shower, at least it’s something!”