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How Does Postnatal Depression Affect Your Body

by Tatiana Plesco

Once you become a mom, everything changes. Your whole world is now your child, the little bundle of joy that melts your heart with happiness. Still, even though being a mom is the best feeling in the world, postnatal depression can become an issue. Usually, postnatal depression is treated as a mental condition, which, undoubtedly, it is, but the physical aspect is often overlooked. And in this case, physical and mental shouldn’t be separated. Therefore, let’s take a look at how you can change yourself and help your body fight the consequences of postnatal depression. By doing so, you’ll also put your mind at ease.

  • Balanced diet

Not all moms are struggling with weight face postnatal depression. But physical appearance is a big issue for a woman. Unfortunately, ladies who suffer from postnatal depression often have trouble to get their weight back to normal, and some even gain more of it. This just creates a vicious cycle of both mental and physical problems. If you don’t eat regularly or overeat, your whole body will react.  For example, your bowel movements can put you through a lot of troubles, causing additional problems of both mental and physical nature. In that respect, you have to fix your diet as soon as possible. Eating at the same time and having a balanced regimen to follow is essential for getting your whole body back on track. If you’re unsure where to start, consult a nutritionist. Many offer advice online so that you don’t have to leave your baby if that’s not an option.

  • Physical activity

Lack of physical activity combined with excess weight is a sure formula for depression and many health issues. If you’re set in your ways, your body will feel heavy, your muscles will hurt, and the lack of energy will make you moody and unhappy even more. Not to mention that you won’t be able to get rid of toxins that create chaos inside your body. You must be aware that such physical condition, often accompanied by pain, is mostly due to the lack of physical activity. If you’re able to change up your diet, you can also introduce regular exercise routines. Of course, there’s a lot of work to do with the baby, but you can always ask someone to help you or use the time when the baby sleeps to take care of yourself. Commit an hour a day and do some stretching, yoga, lite workout. Get a few pieces of basic commercial fitness equipment and start slowly. There are lots of tutorials on the Internet that could be pretty helpful in that way. Call a friend of yours and do it together! Besides feeling good in your body again after this, you’ll enjoy spending time with someone else than your baby.  You’ll laugh together and forget about everyday concerns.

  • Don’t skimp on sleep.

Another physical aspect of postnatal depression is insomnia. Still, you can make sure that your sleep schedule is in order with just a little bit of effort on your part. Being tired and moody is not something that can help you in any way, so you need to start taking your sleep time seriously. If you can’t fall asleep, no matter what, the chances are that you disturbed your daily cycle. This happens pretty often in newborns around. In that respect, try to establish a sleep routine for your child. That way, you’ll set up a method for yourself as well. Other natural remedies that can be very helpful in this case are valerian and chamomile tea. Also, you can try spritzing lavender spray on your pillows before you get to bed.

The fight with depression has already won halfway if you know what you’re dealing with. There are tons of advice available when it comes to mental healing, but you must take care of your body as well. Mental and physical are linked, and once you start pumping your body with health, vitamins, nutrients, energy, and flexibility, your mind will become more apparent as well.

Updated: 15 July 2020

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