Frequently Asked Questions About How To Deal With Postpartum Depression

I was a highly emotional person when I was pregnant with my first child. I had to add the word “highly” in that sentence. The reason was that regular mothers could cry while watching a specific commercial or cat videos, and people would still say, “Aww, that’s cute!” It would seem like their maternal instinct was flaring up, thus causing them to be tearful all the time.

In my case, though, I cried about everything. For instance, my husband would open the door and help me out, and I would need a minute to wipe my tears away. He had been doing that ever since we started dating, but I only felt emotional about it when I was already pregnant. Other times, gestures as simple as handing me a paper napkin, giving me a pen, asking me what ice cream flavor I wanted, and handing the remote control to me so that I could choose what Netflix movie to watch would always make me tear up.

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In all fairness to my husband, he never told me that I was weird or that I freaked him out. I was the one talking more about it because even I found it strange – and I was the one doing all that crying! He consoled me by saying that my supercharged emotions would eventually calm down after childbirth. That’s what I had been hoping for because I was not a crier before the pregnancy. It would be bad to say that I felt weak because of that. That’s not what I wanted my children to learn, but that’s how I felt when I was pregnant. I felt vulnerable, and that realization made me cry harder for days.

When I Learned The Meaning Of Too Much Wishful Thinking

Early in my third trimester, my doctor told me to get the C-section because the baby was too big. I am not the type of person to disobey my doctor’s orders to be “in” and try other delivery methods, so I said yes. Of course, it also meant that I did not need to go through labor to bring my baby into the world. That’s a win for me, for sure. 

When my due date came, I woke my husband up early to be at the hospital at 7:00 a.m. The doctor was not supposed to come until 9:00 a.m., but I was too excited. While I enjoyed the last nine months and would love to do it all over again, I had not seen anything past my belly in the previous two months. If I didn’t stand in front of the mirror, I would not know what’s happening down there. It made me more emotional, so I wanted to be done with my pregnancy at that time.

The birthing process was successful. I could not remember much of it because of the epidural, but my baby and I got out of the hospital with zero complications. I cried again when I saw my baby’s face and held her in my arms the first few times, but I assumed nothing of it. I merely charged it to the remnants of my intense emotions during pregnancy.

However, when two months passed and my emotions did not change for the better, I began to worry. I contacted a psychologist and told her about my symptoms. She then gave me an understanding smile and said that I could be dealing with postpartum depression, which was common among new mothers.

What are the causes of postpartum?

There can be two causes for postpartum depression. One is due to the physical changes that you have experienced. Once we give birth, our hormones experience a severe drop in levels. Meanwhile, other hormones produced by our thyroid gland can drop significantly, which can cause us to feel tired. Another reason for postpartum depression is because our emotions cause it. When we become new moms, we are sleep-deprived, and it can be pretty overwhelming. This can cause us to feel anxious, our self-esteem might be at a low point, and we might feel as if we have lost control.

How long is the postpartum period?

Postpartum depression goes through three different phases. Each phase has its own time frame. In general, postpartum depression can last for months or years, depending on the person and the kind of treatment they are getting for this. It is advised that mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression for more than two weeks. This is to avoid any further complications or issues.

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How can you prevent postpartum?

Postpartum depression is a serious issue affecting ten to fifteen percent of the female population after delivering a baby. Over time, there have been multiple studies that have shown many ways to prevent the risk of developing postpartum depression. Right now, the best thing to do is to enroll in classes that are made available to teach us crying patterns, sleeping patterns, facing issues with a positive mindset, and all these classes can help you reduce the risk of developing postpartum depression.

Is postpartum considered a disability?

Postpartum is a kind of depression that affects women after they give birth. Since they cannot function without being hindered by their depression, this is considered a disability. You can claim a disability benefit for this under the Social Security benefits you have. You can seek help from a disability attorney so that you can process your claim.

Is it normal to cry a lot after giving birth?

Being overcome by many different emotions all at once is normal, especially when you have just given birth. This is why crying a lot or maybe feeling overwhelmed by everything can be quite normal. However, once this feeling of sadness or emptiness continues to persist even after two weeks, you might be experiencing postpartum depression. Once this happens, make sure that you can seek help from a doctor to get the help you need.

Why does it smell down there after birth?

After we give birth, we have a certain type of discharge that can smell stale and musty. This discharge is referred to as Lochia. For the first few days, your Lochia will look like your regular period. After the initial discharge, the dark red color of your Lochia will turn lighter and lighter as time goes by. However, there are instances that it turns back to a darker color for a few days, but it should revert to a lighter shade which eventually stops.

Are you fertile after having a baby?

The answer is yes. As early as three weeks after birth, even when your period has not started again and even if you are still breastfeeding. Ensure that you are still on your pills or any form of contraceptive to ensure that you do not get pregnant, especially the first time you have sex again after giving birth. You will still ovulate even after you have given birth, so that protection will be necessary.

Why do you have to wait 40 days after giving birth?

Many studies and researches have been published that serve as evidence that we must wait for at least three weeks or more after giving birth. This is because when our placenta leaves our body, it can leave your uterus wounded, and it will require time for it to heal. Our blood vessels will close up the wound naturally by clotting and shrinking themselves. This process can take a long time which is why we must wait.

Can babies feel when Mom is sad?

Yes, our babies can feel our emotions. Positive emotions will help give the child a happy environment as they grow, leading them to become healthier. Meanwhile, negative emotions can delay development, and it can decrease your baby’s health. Ensure that you can handle your emotions well during your pregnancy because your baby feels it, affecting their growth and health.

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Can my newborn feel my emotions?

The simple answer to this is yes. Babies can feel our emotions with rather surprising accuracy, and as with adults, emotions are very quickly able to affect our newborn babies, especially our negative emotions. Studies have confirmed that babies can determine the feelings of adults. However, this will take time before they can distinguish the emotion that adults are expressing. A study published in 2018 found that babies can determine emotions through facial expressions and tones of voice. This is because babies are developing their emotional abilities at a very early time in life.

Why do new moms cry?

The most straightforward answer to this is hormones. Once a baby is delivered, and the mother now begins to breastfeed, the hormone levels dramatically change. So, if you find yourself crying a few days after you give birth, you are not a lone case. This is a normal thing that many mothers experience after they give birth. There is eighty percent of first-time moms that share this, and it is often referred to as “baby blues.” 

How do moms feel after birth?

During the first few days of giving birth, new moms may feel many different emotions, such as feelings of extreme sadness or tearfulness, without really having a reason for these feelings. Other feelings they may feel are helplessness, crankiness, restlessness, and discouragement. The emotions that new moms may feel are due to the hormonal changes they are experiencing, the lack of sleep, and the overwhelming feeling of becoming a new mother. 

How long do Blues last?

Baby blues area period after giving birth when we are filled with many negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and stress. Around 80 percent of women experience this, meaning that is about 4 of 5 new mothers report experiencing the baby blues. This can last for anywhere between 10 to 14 days, and it can start happening around the second or third day after you give birth. This experience can be different for different women. So you should not expect to feel the same things as other women. If it persists longer than two weeks, make sure to consult with a doctor.  

How long does it take for hormones to settle after birth?

The best estimate for this is around six months postpartum or after birth. When hormones normalize, it usually is also the time when the postpartum period starts. This should not be a surprise because, according to studies, the hormonal changes in estrogen and progesterone will still be resetting to the normal hormonal levels or pre-pregnancy hormonal levels. But again, every woman will experience things differently. One woman’s experience may not be the same as your experience or another woman’s experience. So another woman’s one to two weeks can be your three to four or another’s 6 months. This will be different for all of us. 

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How can I stabilize my hormones after pregnancy?

Our hormones start to settle back into the pre-pregnancy hormone levels or the baseline within the first week or two of postpartum. What you can do to stabilize your hormones is first, you have to practice daily detox rituals. You can start drinking juices filled with healthy vitamins and minerals, which will help your hormones go back to a stable level. Ensure that your blood sugar is at a good balance and lastly, make sure that you are healing and waiting for that three-week period to be done. 

Final Thoughts

Like any form of depression, postpartum depression did not have a cure. Taking antidepressants was out of the picture from the get-go because I was breastfeeding an infant. Thus, the psychologist prescribed counseling to me and connected with other moms dealing with the same symptoms.

Little by little, my emotions became stable, and I felt more equipped than ever to become a mother.

How To Have A Positive Mental Health When You’re 20 And Living With Chronic Disease

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I have a childhood best friend named Rain. From the first time that I met her at the daycare center, we had always been playing with each other. She would come over to my house for playdates and vice versa. It was a good thing that we lived in the same neighborhood, so we managed to enter the same elementary school and even class.

People often asked, “How are you still best friends?” I could not blame them for their curiosity because Rain and I were total opposites. Whereas I could spend hours in one corner with a good book or my coloring kit, she always felt the need to get up and explore the room and touch everything in it. Our moods were not matched, considering I rarely smiled around others, while she was quick to offer a smile to anyone. My best friend did cheerleading for extracurricular activities, while I joined the chess club (the most boring of all clubs, according to her).

 My typical reply was, “We are meant to be sisters.” After all, sisters do not always need to have common interests to like each other. Even when I was reading silently, and Rain was practicing her dance routines in the same room, we still felt close. There was never an issue about school popularity, too, which my best friend dominated. We loved supporting each other no matter what.

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When high school ended, Rain and I were lucky to get accepted at NYU. She majored in Dance while I focused on Finance. Again, those subjects were poles apart, but that’s okay. I would always get a front-row seat during her recitals, and she often brought me coffee and donuts whenever I pulled an all-nighter to study. It should not be surprising that our parents agreed to share an apartment a couple of blocks away from the university.

Then, sad news rocked us all when a doctor diagnosed Rain with scoliosis during an executive checkup. The morning before that, she was still joking, “What if the doc finds out that I have an STD that I don’t know about?” But when I came back after my classes in the afternoon, I saw her in a quiet living room in deep thought. Music always followed Rain wherever she went, so I thought that odd.

When I asked what happened, she told me about her scoliosis. Pouting, she said, “I want to dance forever. What guarantee do I have now that I can still do that?”

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I had no idea how to answer my best friend, but I promised to accompany her to her next doctor’s appointment. While waiting for that, Rain made the diagnosis known to her coach, who also felt saddened. Though Rain was slated to star in their Fall recital, the coach thought it was best for her to sit this one out and star in the Winter showcase to rehabilitate her back. Of course, my best friend was not happy about it, but what could she do?

Living With A Chronic Disease At 20

For a few weeks, I hardly saw Rain smile. She attended her classes, went to her part-time job, and even cheered me on during a decathlon competition, but I knew that her mind must be all over the place. That was until the doctor disclosed that her spine slightly curved like the letter S, but it was not prominent yet. (Yey to early diagnosis!)

The appointment happened a day before my best friend’s 20th birthday. When the eve of her birthday came, our other friends and I surprised her with a cake and party. Before blowing the candles, Rain uttered, “Starting tomorrow, I will dance again. Scoliosis can kiss me in the you-know-what.” It earned a roar of laughter and more cheers from us. Knowing Rain for so long, I knew that she meant every word.

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The next morning, my best friend woke me up by blasting the speakers and hip-hopping in my bedroom. She was like, “Get up, sleepyhead! Early birds like us should be exercising by now!” Since I was ever supportive, I joined Rain as she jogged around Central Park. The doctor gave her a go signal to dance again, too, provided that she wore a back brace to avoid straining her spine. Luckily, Rain was hell-bent on starring in their Winter showcase, so she followed everything the doctor said to a T.

Sometimes, Rain would complain about her aching back, which was expected because of the hours of practice she clocked in almost daily. But her regular X-rays showed that her spinal curvature was not getting worse, so she was elated.

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At Present

Rain went on to audition for various Broadway musicals and tried her luck on dance films. She eventually became a choreographer for a musical, and others started contacting her, asking if she could lend them some of her expertise.

How was my best friend’s scoliosis, you might ask? It’s still there – I doubt it will ever go away. However, the most important thing was it no longer in the way of Rain’s dreams.

 

The Psychiatry In Coping With Multiple Sclerosis and Mood-Related Symptoms

In the almost 2,000 patients surveyed, perception of their own health correlated most with pain – a symptom that has increasingly been recognized in MS, but is not even part of most standard MS measures of disability. The second most linked symptom with patients’ perception of their health was walking ability, followed then by fatigue.” This statement came from Lauren Krupp, M.D., and Robert Charlson, M.D.

Dealing with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis or MS is complicated because of its link to many psychiatric issues. It causes a swirl of different moods due to the deterioration of the nerves. The disease may let the patient feel anxiety, depression, anger, and stress. However, it is not impossible to deal with these emotional mood swings with the help of a good doctor, proper medication, and self-discipline. 

One of the ways to deal is to talk to licensed experts at BetterHelp. They also have Twitter and Instagram. The platform is discreet and offer a nonjudgmental ear. 

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How To Cope With Multiple Sclerosis Through Therapy And Others

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is an autoimmune disorder that damages the nerves found in the brain and the spinal cord. It causes a wide variety of physical and mental symptoms in consideration of where the autoimmunity happens. 

“MS causes damage in many areas of the nervous system. This leads to symptoms that are often different for different people. These include things as seemingly diverse as fatigue, walking problems, depression, cognitive impairment, muscle tightness, or bladder problems,” says Lauren Krupp, M.D., and Robert Charlson, M.D.

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3 Apps To Liven Up Your Boring Smartphone

Are you losing interest in your mobile device? If you only charge your smartphone these days so that your mom can check on you or your friends can text you the deets about your next restaurant or bar you are going to invade, then you are wasting the generous internal storage space you have been given, and the time you can while away with the most unique apps you will ever find online. Allow us to introduce you to some of them.

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Dog Licks Screen Wallpaper

If you love dogs, but you cannot be with them often because they are not allowed in the dorms, you are too busy to care for one, or your or one of your housemates is allergic to them, you can still feel their affection when you download the Dog Licks Screen wallpaper, albeit virtually.

The wallpaper is in a video format, so you will not end up with a still image of a dog with its tongue hanging out. The reason why this is better than a mere picture is that the former can get you as close as your LCD allows to having your hand or face by an adorable dog. Remember that licking is a pooch’s sweet way of showing their affection, their trust.

This app cannot send a live, yapping dog right at your doorstep, but it can make you feel the same warmth that you may experience once you are with the real thing.

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My4Faces Dreamland

Mobile games enhance someone’s focus and quick-mindedness, as well as improve their mood and creativity. If you are too exhausted from studying or work, it will be nice to be able to reach in your pocket, unlock your smartphone, and get wittier once more while having so much fun.

My4Faces Dreamland is one of the latest gaming apps you can find on Google PlayStore. In a nutshell, it can make your stress levels go down as you move up the game levels. This is explicitly designed in a way that you can forget some of the things that bother you in the real world and, yes, be in dreamland. The rules of the game are pretty straightforward; you do not have to be a tech genius to understand how you can get the most pleasure out of it. You will immediately feel like you have been using the app for a very long time.

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Bubble Shift Mania

Life is too short to let the activities or people do nothing but cause you bad luck. Even if you are a very accommodating person, sometimes you have to be firm at saying “no thanks” to those who are worthy of this reply. All the same, you should start being more receptive towards the things that may become your new favorite, like Bubble Shift Mania, for instance.

This online game will let you release all your pent-up energy and emotions by popping as many bubbles as you can in one go. You cannot bring back the time, but you can play this game while thinking of every regrettable decision you have made as every bubble that bursts on your screen. It is a great and adorable reminder too that pesky problems will always come up, but you are more than capable of clearing your path.

 

The common denominator of these three applications is that they can all be had for free! So, feel free to check them out anytime. A little advice, though: try not to get addicted to them if you can help it.

4 Benefits Of Visiting A Dentist Regularly

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As the world bears witness to various advancements that humans generate daily, the people who belong to the food and beverage industry are doing the same thing. In truth, a lot of chefs at present are into creating fusion dishes by combining ingredients from different regions. The more cuisines we get to choose from, though, the more we are all at risk of having cavities or other problems. Hence, here are the four benefits of visiting a dentist regularly.

1. Take Care Of The Gums

The gums are as important as the actual teeth. If the clients’ gums are weak and often affected by diseases, the teeth may weaken and fall off as well. It is not something that you can detect, though. This is why you need to check with a dental practitioner as often as possible. “These infections weaken the body’s immunity system and allow harmful bacteria to spread. If your gums are inflamed, consult with a dentist as soon as possible,” Sean Grover L.C.S.W. wrote.

2. Get Rid Of Bad Breath

If the patient works in the marketing industry and talks to many individuals face-to-face, it will be embarrassing if others can smell your bad breath. Even when you are studying, your classmates may not want to sit beside you if foul odor comes out of your mouth. This problem can be because of gum disease, decaying tooth, or food stuck in between the teeth. Regular brushing does not resolve it, so you have to let a dentist help you. According to Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, “Bad breath can originate both inside and outside of the mouth. Bad breath is typically caused by bacteria present on the teeth and debris on the tongue.”

3. Replace Teeth

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In case the customer has no other way to take care of their real teeth, he or she has to deal with the choice of receiving implant-supported dentures. The new piece of tooth or a set of teeth should come from a reliable doctor who understands how important it is in various industries to always show a great smile. Without gaining access to proper dental replacements, it may be difficult to see another person grin freely again.

4. Maintain The Whiteness of the Teeth

A great general dentist will be capable of introducing various teeth-whitening methods that are non-invasive and cannot hurt the individual. Knowing that one has such beautiful teeth can effectively increase his or her self-confidence and make it effortless for the person to offer a smile to a colleague or an acquaintance.

5. Strengthen The Teeth

Dentists have the right devices to get rid of cavities and diverse forms of bacteria that may be living in an individual’s mouth or in between their teeth. When they have these removed, he or she will have a higher chance of not even needing the implant-supported dentures.

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Final Thoughts

The worst-case scenario is that you will lose all your teeth and require false ones. Whether you like it or not, you cannot look after your pearly whites on your own. That is especially true if you have no self-control when it comes to choosing the foods that you will eat. Sour foods, for instance, can break down the enamel that protects your teeth. If you go for sweets and not brush them regularly, though, it can cause tooth decay.

“You might discover that your warm smile has not only the power to uplift others, but that it also offers a wonderful gift to yourself—the gift of enjoying more moments of being present and connected,” John Amodeo Ph.D., MFT said. Visit the dentist’s office near your place before it’s too late. Good luck!

The Ultimate Guide To Improving Mental Wellness 

One of the things that you must master at this point in your life is to improve your mental wellness continuously. Take note that your mental health can affect your daily mood as well as your drive to get things done. This is the primary reason why it is essential on your part to focus on how you can improve the state of your mind. Luckily, there are several ways on how you can accomplish this.

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