Resources for postpartum depression might seem scarce during COVID-19, but it’s critical to get help during these uncertain times.
You’ve likely heard many cautionary tales of postpartum depression from friends and family who have experienced it. Navigating such difficult emotional stress, while basking in the joy of your new child, all combined with the reality of COVID-19, may create a recipe for more severe mood swings and anxiety than is typical.
Let’s discuss the symptoms of postpartum depression and what you can do to find the support and peace of mind you’ll need as a new mother in a COVID-19 world.
What is Postpartum Depression?
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are common for new mothers, with postpartum depression covering a wide array of possible issues.
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- Feeling sad or depressed
- Feeling more irritable or angry with those around you
- Having difficulty bonding with your baby
- Feeling anxious or panicky
- Disruption in eating and sleeping patterns
- Having upsetting thoughts that are hard to shake
- Feeling out of control
- Feeling regret for becoming a mother
- Feeling fear or worry that you could harm your baby or yourself
If you notice these symptoms, it’s important to seek help. Give us a call to help you with treatment options.
Getting Help for Postpartum Depression During Social Distancing is Tricky
With the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, postpartum feelings could be magnified. Chances are that you will not have the same support and help that you otherwise would due to social distancing precautions. Normal activities are going to have to be adjusted. Socializing with new mothers and friends will be more difficult. But resources are still out there. Support groups are meeting virtually, and physicians are prepared with guidance and options for each new mother.
Postpartum Self Care During COVID-19
“Self care” is a phrase we’ve all gotten used to hearing, and perhaps we tend to take it for granted. In today’s pandemic environment, taking time for yourself is more important (and challenging!) than ever. Developing a regular routine that includes time sprinkled in for yourself will help ease you into the “new normal” of being a mom in 2020-2021. This “me time” can be as simple as a warm bath or shower each day, changing clothes from the day before, or just taking a moment to close your eyes and breathe for a few minutes. Getting outside for a walk is a simple and safe way to get exercise and Vitamin D if the weather permits. Read these tips for battling stress and taking time for yourself especially during the holidays.
Limiting social media and news consumption may prove beneficial as well. While it’s important to be up to date in these turbulent times, the added stress of things you can’t control can cause unnecessary anxiety during a major life transition.
Any parent can agree with one thing: Having a baby is hard! Many of us struggle with unreal expectations of being the perfect mom, only to find that “the perfect mom” doesn’t exist. It’s never wrong to ask for help. It’s never wrong to share what you’re thinking and feeling. Call us today to find out about a mental health screening or for resources and support.