If you’re expecting your first baby, you may have growing concerns regarding Post-Partum Depression, for one reason, or another. Perhaps PPD, or a history of mental illness, runs in your family, or maybe you have a hormonal condition that places you at high risk for developing post-partum depression. Even just the added anxiety and stress of having a baby can lead to complications that contribute to PPD.
No matter what the case may be, you do not have to feel helpless, young momma!
To battle back the possible woes of PPD and enjoy the first couple of months with your new baby
worry-free, all you have to do is follow these 10 easy steps.
10 Steps to Avoid Post-Partum Depression
1. Keep Realistic Expectations
Birthing a baby isn’t what movies and the television would have you believe! Mothers do not look like models while giving birth, babies comes out splotchy and red (not pristine and perfect), and it’s completely reasonable and healthy to gain weight during pregnancy. Keep in mind, that these smoke-and-mirror moms, populating magazine covers, have the magic Photoshop, personal trainers and personal chefs on their side.
2. Beauty Sleep… Learn It, Live It, Love It
It doesn’t matter if you’re the type to constantly be https://www.madampartum.com/ buzzing around from one thing to the next, it’s now time to rest! During pregnancy, your body is already being put through a tremendous amount of strain, so it is imperative to give it far more rest than you usually would. It’s hard work growing an entire little person!
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Your friends and family want to help you get through this and when the stress of a new baby is becoming too much, you need to have people in place to help shoulder the strain. Call in your mother, or even your sister, to take care of your little one while you shower, get organized, go shopping, or any of the other little things that you need to do to feel centered and in control.
4. Take Your Stress to the Gym!
I highly recommend finding fitness classes tailored specifically to moms who are either pregnant, or have a new baby and want to get back in shape. This is a wonderful and healthy way to battle back post-partum depression and you’ll have a lot of fun letting your endorphins do all the emotional work.