WORTH A SHOT?

Women's Health (South Africa) - - FITNESS DISCUSS! -

An epidu­ral dulls phys­i­cal dis­com­fort dur­ing child­birth – and maybe men­tal dis­tress af­ter­wards, ac­cord­ing to a Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh study. It found that women who re­ceived epidu­ral anaes­the­sia had fewer de­pres­sive symp­toms post-birth. The au­thors say the psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma of go­ing through ex­treme pain may con­trib­ute to de­pres­sion, which could ex­plain the con­nec­tion. But there’s hope be­yond that gi­nor­mous nee­dle:

TAKE A WALK

Ex­er­cise is a good way for new moth­ers to pre­vent post-par­tum de­pres­sion (PPD) and a lit­tle sun­light will give you a dose of vi­ta­min D, which can also boost your mood.

ASK FOR HELP

Sup­port from friends and fam­ily has been shown to ward off PPD, so if you need some­thing (laun­dry help, a warm meal, 15 min­utes to your­self), say some­thing.

GO TO BED

Ad­e­quate sleep is an­other proven de­pres­sion re­ducer. A re­lax­ing bed­time rit­ual, like a chilled playlist or back rub from your mate, may help you snooze more soundly.

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