One of the best ways to treat and prevent postpartum depression is through exercise. Exercise causes the release of endorphins, chemicals, which generate good feelings. After a run or a workout, there is a feeling that follows known as a ‘runner’s high.’ This feeling brings energy and a positive outlook on life. The challenges faced by a new mom or having another baby, can be overwhelming, and to add to it…you are exhausted. It is no wonder that most women receive physical activity clearance from their doctor as early as 6 weeks. It is encouraged that moms get back into their workout routine or start exercising to feel that they can confidently cope!
There are different levels of symptoms of Postpartum Depression. A Momma should not be pushed aside or shushed when she gets the strength to speak up, because others are uncomfortable to offer help or they think 'this will pass once the baby is older.' Do not be afraid to ask for help or seek professional assistance! From personal experience, it seems tougher to manage postpartum depression when clinical depression has been in the family line. We also carry a prone-ness to being more likely to be at risk of PPD if our mother had stressful situations she battled while pregnant with us. It truly is a battle! Finding my Support through other women and being honest with the struggle, breastfeeding, small fitness breaks, and the Go Momma essential oil blend in the New Momma Set are my assists in this battle. My youngest is now 2.5 years old and the rain cloud or depression still comes out sometimes.
Hang in there, Momma!