Even though there still needs a lot of work to be done in this regard for Pakistani women’s awareness, the rest of the world is pretty much aware of how khawateen may get into a war with themselves after delivering a baby and no, it’s not just the usual war against stretch marks and a big belly. Postpartum depression has been an area of interest for many researchers as well as fitness experts because the weight gain that comes along with that is not just an aftermath of pregnancy itself even the depression is a great contributing factor.
What is postpartum depression?
If you are a new mother and have been experiencing overwhelming feelings of anxiety, whereby you worry too much about little things, experience grey days that just don’t seem to pass by, you react too aggressively and your mood keeps shifting as if you’re bipolar, if all of these symptoms have persisted over a period of two weeks at minimum after you giving birth you need to visit your doctor for a clinical diagnosis. Women having postpartum depression often feel no bonding with the baby and rather feel like they have been given a role that they can never fulfill. The entire change of stepping into motherhood seems to be a very bad idea to them and this may accompany feelings of self-doubt, sadness, crying spells with no explanation and even suicidal ideations. In extreme cases, your child as well might be lacking your nurturance and attention.
Connection with weight loss: is there any?
So all this time during your pregnancy, you think, ‘Okay, all this belly would be tucked inside back at its place once the baby is delivered and with a little bit of exercise I might as well return to my hour glass figure’. Until when the baby is delivered and you realize how awfully you are gaining weight in places you never thought of, along with terrible stretch marks that are actually scary to even look at. Many times, this feeling of not looking good enough is a contributing factor to postpartum depression, with heavy feelings of unworthiness and self-hatred. In many other cases, when you or your significant other finally realize something’s messed up and you decide to get a clinical diagnosis, you might be prescribed anti-depressants which can make you gain a few more pounds. Oh, well. How frustrating is that! So is there any way to feel better about yourself and get back in shape without having to deal with all that stress?
Ways to deal with postpartum weight gain
Where all that information can be worrisome for you, know that it never comes without a remedy. Indulge in foods that are high in protein like fish and that would help you recover, also proteins are way more filling than carbs that make you put on more weight. Take iron rich foods to restore your energy. Cut down on the saturated fats, which aren’t a healthy pick anyway if you have had a C-section delivery. Invest in a good brand of vitamin supplements and low-fat dairy products to strengthen your bones again and help the body get rid of any sorts of deficiencies. Omega 3 acids are helping agents and are highly common in fish oil, which should be made a part of your diet every now and then.
Should I workout? Or should I give it a break?
We understand that at this point, exercising might be tiring for some of you, but you can always indulge in yoga and meditation when your baby is sound asleep and you have some ‘you time’. If you still find yourself depressed, it’s always okay to reach out and consult your therapist about what kind of therapy may work best for you, but avoid going for anti-depressants unless you are sure that they won’t put all your dieting efforts to waste.