Do You Know What Is Baby Blues?

We all discuss the joys of being pregnant and giving birth while anticipating the baby's arrival. However, it rarely fails to emphasise the mental health problems that expecting and new parents may experience at this time. Some parents may be experiencing stress during this time, along with anxiety, worry about the future, and mood swings.

In addition to mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and self-doubts about their abilities to care for the new family member, women frequently experience the "baby blues." But this only last for a short while and usually goes away by itself. Our actions, ideas, and emotions are affected by these symptoms.

Peripartum depression is characterised by severe moodiness. Women may experience sobbing fits, feel unduly exhausted, and withdraw from friends and family. They might become aware of issues involving the child and feel guilty, inadequate, and humiliated as a result. Also possible with this illness are changes in eating and sleep patterns. Rarely, prenatal psychotic symptoms in women might also manifest.

As you take care of your perinatal mental health, keep the following in mind:

  • Give yourself time to adjust - The birth of a child is a significant transition that is accompanied by both biological and emotional challenges. It's acceptable to have uncertainty and reservations. Be kind and gentle with yourself and your travelling buddy. Refrain from making any further substantial life changes that can increase stress. Put no pressure on yourself and make attainable, sensible goals.
  • Remind yourself to relax - New mothers must make an effort to rest despite their physical exhaustion, restless nights, and worrisome cycles. Leaving it on all the time is not feasible. Try to take a brief nap whenever you can, even if it's only for a few minutes.
  • Plan some "me time" for yourself - Having children doesn't mean we have to give up other aspects of who we are. Spend some time engaging in the past interests you once had. It can involve working out, picking up a new pastime, or catching up with pals.
  • Reach out for help - As the phrase goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." Ask loved ones and close friends for help with daily duties if at all possible. Let them know your thoughts and feelings.
  • Seek assistance if necessary. Pregnancy-related depression is a mental health issue that requires treatment, unlike the baby blues, which subside on their own. Don't be scared to ask a mental health professional for the help you require.
  • Dads also go through emotional turmoils - Men can experience melancholy as a result of their partner's pregnancy and the delivery of the child, even though moms are frequently the subject of conversations on perinatal mental health. It is crucial to take into account how both parents' mental health impacts how they interact with the new
Dr. Mrinmay Kumar Das
Senior Consultant
Department of Behavioural Sciences
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