Baby Blues (Blog Article 2) by Leigh Cabañes

Baby Blues

When Parenthood is a Total Bummer

by Leigh Cabañes

Once a taboo subject, postpartum depression is now being discussed in more accepting terms, lifting the stigma of an affliction that is, even now, still not fully understood.

Having a baby is supposedly an experience that brings about boundless joy so it is quite confusing or upsetting, not only to people in general, but more so for new moms, when child-bearing turns out to be more like a tragic affair. Pregnancy brings about a host of physiological changes that have lasting effects even after the postnatal fats are gone. For some, the feelings of despair are fleeting but for others, the hopelessness may be enduring.

One thing that all new moms or moms-to-be should know is that, it’s okay to ask for help. Consulting with a Psychiatrist to sort out the issue is paramount, as well as taking steps to feel better quickly, at least physically, if not mentally. This is where yoga can help. Regular practice aids in easing the mind and actively increases GABA levels in the brain – a neurotransmitter responsible for calming stress and anxiety.

Simple balancing postures such as Vriksasana (Tree Pose) and Virabhadrasana 3 (Warrior 3), forces the mind to focus inwardly. Fun poses like Adho Mukha Vriksasana (Handstand) or Dhanurasana (Wheel) are perhaps good postures to work towards, once the body is ready for more challenging poses. It will provide you a sense of purpose and direction as you strive to improve everyday. The little one may also be included in the practice, for a delightful ‘Mommy and Baby’ session which will promote not only bonding but also healing of both body and mind.