Maternal Mental Health: Tips For New Moms To Calm The Mind

Postpartum depression affects up to 10 per cent of women after childbirth. Here are some expert tips for new moms to maintain your mental health.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Updated : May 16, 2023 9:01 PM IST

Maternal Mental Health

Pregnancy is often accompanied by significant physical, social, and emotional changes, leading some women to experience mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. Postpartum depression (PPD) is a mental health condition that can affect up to 10 per cent of women after giving birth. Unlike the short-term baby blues, which typically resolve within a few weeks, PPD can last for months or even years if left untreated. Sweta Bothra, Lead Psychologist at Amaha (a mental health organisation providing end-to-end mental health support to people across India) shares tips on how pregnant women and new moms can reduce the risk of developing on the Postpartum depression.

Symptoms Of PPD To Watch Out For

Symptoms of PPD to watch out for The symptoms of PPD can include feelings of sadness, hopelessness, irritability, anxiety, and fatigue. Women with PPD may experience difficulty sleeping, eating, and taking care of themselves and their babies.  Also Read - Why Mental Health of Mothers Is a Cause of Concern: Expert Explains

Why Maternal Mental Health Matters?

Maternal mental health disorders can affect the mother's ability to provide care for their newborns, leading to developmental delays, poor nutrition, and an increased risk of accidents. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize self-care and seek help when necessary

Emotional Support

Fathers can offer emotional support by actively listening to the mother's concerns, providing reassurance, and expressing appreciation for her efforts. Encouraging words and showing empathy can go a long way in easing the guilt and boosting the mother's confidence. Also Read - Brewing Happiness: How Tea Can Boost Your Mental Health

Try Self-care

So seeking help, managing your symptoms, and getting proper treatment are essential. In addition, trying self-care and being open and honest can help one to build stronger relationships and also help improve one’s mental health.