Your risk factors increase your chances of having postpartum depression but nothing will make it happen for sure. The best thing you can do is to care for your health and be mindful of your state of mind. Caring for you physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally is caring for your baby too.
– Exercise when you can.
– Maintain a healthy diet.
– Make time to rest.
– Add fish oils to your diet. The vitamins are a great option if you don’t like to eat fish.
– Resist isolation. Join a support group or find a place to make mom friends that you can share experiences with.
– Create time for yourself. Even if it’s just a few moments each day.
– Communicate with your care provider in advance to create a plan.
– Complete the postpartum depression questionnaire and keep in mind the questions on it occasionally (you will likely be given it by your care provider)
– Be aware of yourself and your needs.
– Get help from families and friends before, during, and after birth so that you can be more at peace.
– Choose a natural healthy childbirth to avoid birth trauma.
– Hire a birth or postpartum doula.
– Find a care provider and birth setting that are supportive of your desires for your birth.