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Our upcoming Forest session titled "Managing Postpartum Emotions" aims to provide a safe and supportive space for new mothers who may be experiencing negative feelings or mood swings after childbirth. It is not uncommon for around 70-80% of new mothers to experience such emotions, and our session hopes to address these concerns and offer helpful advice. Our dedicated mental health professional will provide guidance on managing postpartum emotions, and help individuals identify whether they may be experiencing postpartum depression. We strongly encourage new mothers to join this session and engage with others who may be facing similar emotions and adjustments after having a baby.
Becoming a mother is an exciting and transformative experience, but it can also come with a range of intense emotions. Some new mothers may feel overwhelmed, anxious, or sad. These feelings, commonly known as postpartum blues, can be challenging to manage. Panda's Forest session, "Managing Postpartum Emotions," aims to provide a supportive space for new mothers to discuss their feelings and receive helpful advice.
It is essential to remember that postpartum blues are normal and affect many new mothers. In fact, research suggests that 70-80% of women experience some form of mood disturbance after giving birth. These emotions are caused by hormonal changes after delivery, coupled with the physical, emotional, and psychological adjustments that come with motherhood.
Common symptoms of postpartum blues include feelings of sadness, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, and mood swings. These emotions may be more intense in the first five days after delivery and typically subside within two weeks. However, in some cases, these feelings may persist and evolve into postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a more severe form of postpartum mood disorder that affects around 15% of new mothers. Unlike postpartum blues, postpartum depression can occur anytime within the first year after delivery.
Symptoms of postpartum depression include persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, loss of interest in activities, difficulty bonding with the baby, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, and thoughts of self-harm or harming the baby.
If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, it's crucial to seek help immediately. Postpartum depression is a treatable condition, and with the right support, most women can recover fully.
While postpartum blues may be difficult to manage, there are some simple strategies that new mothers can use to cope with their emotions.
Talking to a therapist can help new mothers process their emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms. A Panda EAP membership provides access to licensed therapists and mental health professionals who specialize in maternal mental health.
Having a strong support network of family and friends can also help new mothers navigate the challenges of motherhood. It's essential to reach out to loved ones for help and accept offers of support.
Taking care of oneself is essential for new mothers. It's easy to get caught up in caring for the baby and neglect personal needs. Taking showers, eating well, and getting enough rest should be a priority.
Moderate exercise can be beneficial for mental health and help new mothers release tension and reduce stress. Exercises like yoga or taking walks with the baby are great options.
Panda's Forest session, "Managing Postpartum Emotions," provides a safe and supportive environment for new mothers to discuss their feelings and receive guidance from a licensed therapist. It's an opportunity to connect with other new mothers who may be experiencing similar emotions and adjustments after having a baby.
In the session, our dedicated mental health professional will provide guidance on managing postpartum emotions and help individuals identify whether they may be experiencing postpartum depression. The session will also cover coping strategies for postpartum blues, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences.
Postpartum blues are a common and normal part of the transition to motherhood. However, new mothers need not suffer alone. There are numerous ways to cope with postpartum blues, and with the right support and self-care, it is possible to overcome these challenges successfully. Panda is committed to helping new mothers manage their postpartum emotions and providing the support they need to thrive.