Can postpartum depression be prevented?
The answer is yes.
There are some things that a woman and her family can do during pregnancy to decrease the chances of postpartum depression, or at least to reduce your symptoms.
Although women who have ever experienced an episode of depression have a higher risk of developing postpartum depression, there is no definite way to know whether a woman will suffer from postpartum depression or not, so it cannot be said that there is a specific prevention for postpartum depression.
Here are some tips that can help you reduce your risk of postpartum depression:
1. Watch your diet
The brain needs good nutrition in order to function properly. Serotonin, which is the hormone responsible for mood, needs certain amino acids such as tryptophan, which can only be incorporated into the body through diet. Therefore, a well-balanced diet, with adequate protein intake, is required to maintain optimal emotional well-being.
2. Take care of your appearance.
If you take care of yourself, you look good and you feel good. Your baby needs you to be well.
Although it is difficult to get the same quality and quantity of sleep with a newborn at home as before becoming a mother, you need to get as much rest as you can.
Stay as active as possible. It is not necessary to go to the gym, take long walks with your baby. This will help you increase endorphins and decrease stress hormones like cortisol.
5. Ask for help
Lean on family and friends for help.
6. Reduce stress
Being a mother can be stressful. It is totally normal to have moments of anxiety, irritability and sadness, but the most important thing is to have some strategies to reduce this stress. Breathing, relaxation, or visualization exercises can help reduce this stress.
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