You thought that when the baby arrived everything would be idyllic in your life, and it is. The baby is happy and healthy, you have the support of family and friends, and you have even begun to drop the weight you gained. Yet you still seem to have the blues.
Don’t panic, it is actually natural. Postpartum depression also referred to as baby blues, is a result of all your hormones trying to get back to a normal state. Pregnancy enhances many hormones and decreases others. Once you give birth, your hormones need to return to normal, and this can take a few months.
There are a few natural remedies for this condition, each having their own benefits. Trying one or all can help alleviate the blues.
Home Remedies For Postpartum Depression
• Natural Sunlight
Sunlight seems to alleviate depression. Perhaps it is the increase in Vitamin D, no one knows for sure, but the results are fabulous. If you cannot get outside, make sure to open your shades and allow as much natural sunlight into your house as possible.
Even if you are eating right you may need an extra boost of vitamins every day to help balance out your system. Niacin, calcium, and B complex vitamins are all excellent remedies for melancholy. In addition, Omega 3 fatty acids are also effective in helping to decrease depression due to its effect on inflammation. The inflammation-fighting substances found in Omega-3 are EPA and DHA and can be found in fish oil supplements.
Breastfeeding is the perfect opportunity for mother and baby to have quiet time together and bond. It also helps the mother’s body recuperate from the pregnancy faster by causing uterine muscles to shrink back to size. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for the baby and mother and it is worth the effort.
Many moms describe feeling relaxed and calm while nursing. This happens because nursing triggers the relaxation hormone, oxytocin, in the body. In addition, studies show that breastfeeding mothers who suffered from depression were more likely to recover quickly because they were more engaged with their babies, through direct eye contact, stroking, and quick response to baby’s cues, than depressed bottle-feeding mothers. So grab a comfortable nursing pillow, dim the lights, and prepare to take it easy.
Starting an exercise routine can give a new mom a new outlook. The exercise not only improves physical strength and endurance, it also helps the mommy reclaim her figure. The act of exercise also has a calming effect on the body because of the release of endorphins, a natural “feel good” chemical in the body. The release of endorphins has been described as a euphoric, energizing feeling of positive emotions. In addition, this hormone also is attributed to individuals having an optimistic outlook on life.
• Stay Connected
For some reason, many new mothers find themselves disconnected from their family and friends. Isolation happens, even though everyone is trying to stay involved. Make an effort, even if you feel really downcast, to try and stay connected with the people you care about.
The most important thing to remember is that this will pass. You will not always feel this way and you have the ability to make it better. Simple changes to your daily routine can have an impact on your state of mind, and support from family and friends really matters.
Having a baby and being a parent is wonderful. Take a moment and allow yourself to accept that this hormonal upheaval is normal and it will go away. Taking advantage of these home remedies puts you back in control so you can enjoy your new baby.