06 July, 2018

Difference between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Soon after giving birth, nearly 80 percent of all moms will experience an emotional roller coaster known as ‘baby blues’. This is due to the sudden drop in the levels of hormones that help you sustain a healthy pregnancy. Along with this, sleep deprivation and life transition of becoming a parent can overwhelm you in the early days. Baby blues usually goes away as your body begins adjusting to the new role.

However, 20 percent of women experience symptoms that may be more serious. This is known as postpartum depression or anxiety. They may confuse one with the other and it is important to know the difference between postpartum depression and baby blues. This will help them seek professional help when needed.

Here are some basic guidelines to help differentiate between baby blues and postpartum depression:

Baby Blues

  1. You feel weepy and cry all the time. You may be emotional and/or extremely vulnerable. Some women have described it as something similar to a very bad PMS.
  2. Your symptoms last about two weeks after giving birth.
  3. You may experience mood instability, depressed mood, sadness, irritability, anxiety, lack of concentration and/or feelings of dependency.

Postpartum Depression

  1. You feel weepy and have a sense of being overwhelmed for longer than three weeks after giving birth.
  2. You feel unable to function and have symptoms that may be unbearable.
  3. You are unable to sleep, even though you are exhausted.
  4. You want to sleep all the time and are generally sleeping more than usual.
  5. You are crying continuously.
  6. You can’t seem to enjoy your baby at all or don’t want to spend time with your baby.
  7. You feel afraid of your baby.
  8. You experience a dramatic change in your appetite.
  9. You are troubled by anxious thoughts about your baby being harmed.
  10. You feel intense rage.
  11. You have a personal or family history of depression or anxiety.
  12. You may find yourself withdrawing from activities that you normally enjoy.
  13. You feel that you have lost yourself and think of harming yourself.
  14. You believe that your family would be better off without you, or that you never should have become a mother.

Many women find it difficult to recognize and acknowledge postpartum depression. It is important to make them understand the difference so they can reach out for help, if needed. Postpartum depression is very common and can be treated. When left untreated, postpartum depression can turn into chronic depression that is much harder to treat. If you experience any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to talk to our experts at KIMS Cuddles. Their treatment and support will help you feel better so that you can enjoy life with your new family.

*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.


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27 December, 2022

Tips for dealing with postpartum vaginal discharge

Lochia, or the vaginal discharge that a woman’s body produces following childbirth, is expected to last for a few days to weeks after delivery. After birth, the rapid flow of blood and mucus begins. For the first 2-3 days after birth, the bleeding will be severe and contain blood clots. However, after a few days, the flow will gradually decrease to spotting before stopping entirely. When the uterus recovers after a few weeks, the flow colour can change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white. It’s an unavoidable and inevitable occurrence, and the only thing you can do is wait for it to end. It continues to decrease in volume before entirely ending. Here are a few essential tips to keep you prepared for this postpartum vaginal discharge.  Pile up with sanitary napkins and replace them regularly. You’ll need big pads with a lot of absorption potential in the first few days. Maintaining strict sanitation and keeping your private parts washed will help you prevent more postpartum infections. To keep away the infections, avoid having tampons or menstrual cups. Empty the bladder regularly, even if you don’t have the urge. This will relieve you.  Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, should
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17 November, 2022

Taking care of mental wellbeing during pregnancy

Pregnancy often is a happy and joyous phase to treasure and cherish. It brings a mix of feelings for you, and not all of them are good. Few thoughts might even trigger the mental health that might disturb you so much during and after the pregnancy. It’s just as important to look at your mental wellbeing and health during pregnancy as your physical health.  For your safe and happy pregnancy, a happy lifestyle is crucial. However, it is good to notice your mood drifts to identify the problems in the early stages.  What can you usually experience?  While mood swings are common during pregnancy, continuous and long down moments are not good. Take a look at the durations you are down.  Feeling fear or anxiety all the time about your baby or pregnancy.  Having negative thoughts about your life, pregnancy and relation  Feeling burdened with unknown pressure in your mind can relate to the stress of pregnancy but requires attention.  Common mental problems experienced during pregnancy  Depression during Pregnancy “During pregnancy, the symptoms of depression such as changes in sleep, appetite, and energy levels are often difficult to distinguish from the regular experiences of pregnancy.“ says Diana Carter, MBBS Xanthoula Kostaras, BSc. In her recent publication, she mentioned that up to 70% of women report
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20 November, 2021

5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy

No matter how happy you are about your pregnancy, stress during the pregnancy phase is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is because of the hormones that play around. But there are a lot of other factors that account to stress. Managing stress during pregnancy is an efficient way to enjoy your pregnancy period.  Knowing the changes and accepting them happening to your body will help you best during this phase. However, know more efficient ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Here are the 5 easy ways to reduce stress during pregnancy.  Eat well and sleep well must be a routine  Nothing can replace the best benefits of proper food and sound sleep. Ensure that you follow a balanced diet with all the necessary supplements that your body needs and take enough rest. A night of proper sleep will make your day brighter and keep you comparatively in a cheerful mood. Rest when you are tired. Do not overdo during pregnancy. A perfect routine for food and sleep will ease up your hormones.  Surround yourself with positive energy. Talk to your friends and family. Pregnancy can put you through a lot of thoughts. It will make you think about the least possible negativity. Well, these are the instincts of the mother to safeguard her child. So
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