Thank you Blue Shield of California for sponsoring this post. They are committed to health and wellness, and they believe in tackling health issues before they start.
To begin with, I delivered Camilla in mid-July two weeks earlier then expected via an emergency caesarean section. Without a doubt, I am the type of person who likes to be in control. You can just imagine how I had everything planned out as I wanted a normal vaginal delivery. Unfortunately, life had a different plan for our family. I am thankful there weren’t any further complications and that it all turned out fine.
From the moment I had to decide whether to induce labor with a high chance of an emergency c-section, or simply opt for a c-section – I lost control of all things. In my opinion, that is the moment where it all started to go in the wrong direction. Having your baby in your arms for the first time is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. While I was thrilled to finally have Camilla with me, I soon started to feel lonely, frustrated, guilty… I started to experience the symptoms of postpartum depression.
If you haven’t heard yet, Wellvolution is a suite of programs that help prevent and reverse disease through lifestyle based approaches. The program is offered by Blue Shield of California. As I previously mentioned, I’m currently experiencing a wide variety of postpartum depression symptoms. For example, anxiety, loneliness, and sadness. Therefore, I am looking to improve on my physical and mental health through a healthy diet, activity, stress management, and social support – as Wellvolution suggests. It can help you be your healthiest since it’s all rooted in a lifestyle change. If you are already a Blue Shield of California member, Wellvolution is free for you – sign up for their well-being program here today!
5 Ways to Improve Postpartum Depression
- Sleep: Sleep whenever you have the opportunity to do so. Also, forget all about house duties as this is not the time to worry about dishes, cleaning, and laundry. Tip: Follow the sleeping routine of your baby for the first couple of weeks. You’ll need every minute of rest and sleep to recover.
- Ask for Help: Being an independent women I had such a hard time accepting help from family and friends. Allow people to help you while you are recovering. In my experience, I had my significant other help me in every possible way. As a matter of fact, I depended on him for eating, showering, and even using the restroom. Remember it is okay to ask for help and allow people to help you during this time.
- Exercise: Of course, start exercising slowly and with the approval of your medical provider. The last thing you’ll need is to overwork your body and have a longer recovery. Keep in mind, it took you approximately nine months to gain the weight and there is no rush. I have started a workout regimen that I plan on sharing in the next couple of weeks.
- Breathing Techniques: Often times, we can feel when our symptoms of depression are starting to kick in. Practice a breathing technique to help you relax. Search for a breathing technique to help you next the time you start feeling depressed.
- Therapy: In the given case, that things aren’t getting better then it’s time to seek for medical help. It’s probably the best thing you can do for yourself, baby, and family. Tip: Ask for a diagnosis referral to see if there is a need for medication.
It’s hard to share how I feel with all of you but I want to help. I have received nothing but positive messages from all of you when I shared my story on Instagram (mylatinajourney). If you’re going through this, know that you’re not alone. Seek help from a friend, family, or even me. Take advantage of support systems around you – like Blue Shield of California, who is committed to physical and mental wellness. They promote lifestyle medicine by tackling health issues before they start. Best of all, Blue Shield of California has access to a wide range of doctors, specialists and hospitals to help you find the care you want and need.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.