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Mathew Oluwaseun
University of Ilorin (Unilorin)
Mechanical Engineering
500Level, Nigeria.

Postpartum depression (PPD) occurs after childbirth, this period; most women have their emotions flying everywhere. Symptoms usually start within a few weeks of delivery, though they may develop up to six months afterward. They may include mood swings, trouble bonding with your baby, and difficulty thinking or making decisions.

Below are some ways to manage PPD:

Create a ‘me’ time
You do not have to be the one to handle everything, it is important that you create a getaway time for yourself. Instead of dealing with these stresses alone, reach out for help. Take up your mother-in-law on her offer of free babysitting. Let your partner or another trusted adult take the baby for an hour or two. You may find it helpful to schedule some dedicated “me time” once a week. Even if you can only get out of the house or meditate.

Take fish oils
According to research, omega-3 fatty acids, a type of docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), helps to decrease a woman’s exposure to PPD. However, the use of fish oils helps to reduce PPD. Seafood is an excellent dietary source of DHA.

Avoid Isolation
According to research, talking about your feelings with others can help shift your mood. Researchers discovered that new mothers had lower levels of depression after regularly speaking with experienced mothers who had previously experienced PPD. These results extended to four weeks and then eight weeks after delivery. So, avoid isolation and mingle with people who are mothers.

Eat healthily
Healthy eating alone won’t cure PPD. Still, getting into the habit of eating nutritious foods can help you feel better and give your body the nutrients you need. Take vegetables, fruits and balanced diet, these help to manage PPD better.

The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

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