Baby blues are a mild form of a postpartum mood disorder experienced by about 60-80% of new mothers. It’s characterized by mood swings, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, feelings of loneliness and vulnerability, and spontaneous crying for no reason. The condition can last anything between a few hours and 1-2 months. It warrants being aware of because around 20% of the cases deteriorate into postpartum depression (PPD), which is a serious mental health concern. The most effective methods of baby blues treatment are diet, support, and meditation.
You should start treatment as soon as you develop the symptoms or even start a preventative plan by eating certain foods and discussing your experiences with other new mothers. This will reduce the risk of PPD and help you adjust to motherhood and the new changes it brings into your life.
4 Tips for Baby Blues Treatment That Are Sure to Work
Keep a journal
Do you have a baby book where you put pictures, observations, and fun stories about your baby? In case you don’t, it’s a great idea to start one regardless of how far along you are with your newborn. Many mothers find that the mere act of physically documenting their journey with their newborn can be very helpful in coping with baby blues. In addition, journaling about your daily experiences, thoughts, and emotions can be a very therapeutic act in helping you clear out a lot of the mental burden that comes with being a mother.
The journal serves two purposes. One is that it will help you ‘catch’ the moments when baby blues strike and help you to try and identify the cause. Do note that this condition can affect you for just a few hours a day and will not be a permanent fixture in your life. The other reason to keep a journal is that it will help you understand, manage, and rationalize your feelings. For those inclined to self-analysis, this might have a positive therapeutic effect.
Join a support group
Your mind needs understanding and companionship from someone in the same position; the same way your body needs post-pregnancy support. That’s why joining a support group of young mothers is one of the most effective ways of baby blues treatment. It’s also an efficient practice in the therapy for PPD.
There is no need to seek out an organized support group for baby blues. You can just chat with other young mothers you meet at the park or set up your own ‘mommy club’ while your kids enjoy playdates. If this is not possible, seek support through social media groups and online forums for new mothers.
The point is to have someone to talk to who has had similar experiences or an understanding of what you are going through. You should be able to discuss your feelings and fears. Seeing that others experience the same thing will help all of you cope.
Load up on blueberries and keep a well-balanced diet overall
It’s essential to keep a well-balanced healthy diet if you breastfeed. However, loading it with more blueberries, an excellent source of antioxidants, can turn your meals into an effective baby blues treatment. A study reported in the CTVNews claims that mothers who received specialized supplement packages with certain amino acids and blueberry extract showed a stark increase in emotional stability during the traditional ‘baby blues period’ (1-14 days postpartum).
The effects of antioxidants are so good, they are currently included in treatments for anxiety disorders and depression. They also boost your general wellbeing and can help your body recover after labor. Note that physiological trauma of the process also contributes to baby blues.
Get some help with the household
One of the most important parts of both PPD and baby blues treatment is establishing an emotional connection with your child and reducing the stress caused by pregnancy and labor. Any mother knows that this can be extremely difficult to do when you are caring for a newborn, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the overall running of the household.
That’s why it’s essential to get some of the chores off your shoulders so you can simply enjoy some baby bonding time. Bear in mind that finding some ‘me time’ is just as important for your mental wellbeing.