Babywearing and Postpartum Depression

Babywearing & Postpartum Depression

15 Jun Babywearing and Postpartum Depression

A woman’s body takes a few weeks to go back to its pre-pregnancy form after delivery. During this process, you may encounter a number of postnatal problems. Some of these problems are common and can be treated at home, whereas some are a little more delicate and may require medical attention. Examples of such postnatal problems are breast engorgement, pain in the pelvic bones, constipation and soreness in the vagina. Apart from such physical discomfort, many women develop emotional discomfort such as baby blues and postpartum depression. Babywearing and postpartum depression can have a positive correlation.

What exactly is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a condition that women may develop after childbirth. It is a form of severe clinical depression that is found in about 15% of all women during postnatal stages, specifically in the first four weeks after delivery.

Baby blues is a similar type of problem but it is much milder than PPD. It is known to affect about 80% of all pregnant women (an astounding amount), and generally resolves around two weeks after delivery. No special treatment is required for baby blues.

Babywearing in helping postpartum depression

Babywearing is the practice of wearing or carrying your baby using a sling, carrier or garment. This has been in practice for centuries by women to keep their baby near during postnatal stages. It is still in practice because of its numerous benefits to the mother, the child and the entire family. One of the most important benefits of babywearing is helping provide a positive bond between new mothers and babies, which could help alleviate postpartum depression.

Even though the actual cause of postpartum depression has not yet been found, doctors say that PPD could be triggered due to two factors- physical changes and emotional issues. What you cannot alter are the physical changes, which include dramatic drop in hormones and significant weight loss. However, what you can alter is the emotional issues.

Free hands: Babywearing allows your hands to be free! This is a great thing, because it means you can do what you want to do. Especially to overcome anxiety, women choose to wear makeup and dress up, which they are unable to do because of the attention an infant requires. With babywearing, you can freely do anything that helps decrease your anxiety. This is stressed upon because nearly half of the people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety.

Easy breastfeeding: With babywearing, breastfeeding is particularly easier with improved lactation. Studies show that mothers who breastfeed tend to be happier than mothers who don’t. This is because breastfeeding develops a sense of intimacy with the baby which results in a calmer baby.

You don’t have to do it yourself: Babywearing can be done by your husband, your parents or your friends. This way you will have time to focus on yourself as well. Get plenty of rest to reduce stress while your closed one takes care of your baby.

While consulting a doctor for postpartum depression, your therapy and medication will vary. To help your recovery along with medical help, consult your doctor if you can engage in lifestyle changes such as babywearing. Take sufficient rest but also, keep in mind that physical activities, eating healthy food and avoiding tobacco and alcohol are keys to living healthy. You might be feeling anxious but try getting out of the house to grab a coffee, or lunch with close friends and family. Break your isolation, live healthy and maintain positivity. Above all, spend intimate moments with baby while going on with your stuff through babywearing, to help you through this all.

Linda Voon
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