The birth of a baby can bring about many feelings and emotions, which range from excitement and pure joy to anxiety and fear.
Another feeling you might experience is sadness. The sadness, sometimes referred to as the “baby blues,” is a natural and common feeling that moms experience after having a baby. You might find yourself crying during midnight feedings or getting upset over the smallest things, worrying about leaving your baby alone, and being unable to sleep well. These feelings can last a few days or even a couple of weeks.
However, sometimes these feelings last much longer and develop into postpartum depression. This isn’t a fault of the mother, but rather other factors, such birth complications or an imbalance of hormones.
Symptoms and signs of postpartum depression include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty bonding with baby
- Appetite loss or excessive eating
- Excessive fatigue and loss of energy
- Sleeping too much or getting very little sleep
- Lost of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- Constantly thinking about death or suicide
- Extreme episodes of panic attacks or severe anxiety
- Depressed mood
- Extreme Mood swings
Dr. Khan believes having the proper support and halal nutrition after giving birth aids in reducing the likelihood of developing postpartum depression. Having proper support from ones spouse, in-laws, neighborhood, and the community at large help in reducing the symptoms and severity of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is nothing to be ashamed of, please seek help so that you can be healthy for yourself and your baby.
We can look at the virgin birth of Mary (عليها السلام)to Jesus (عليه السلام), where we can learn a great deal about postpartum care.
Below is Surat Maryam and its translation.
1. Kaf- Ha-Ya-'Ain-Sad.
[These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'an, and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings].
2. (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya (Zachariah).
3. When he called out his Lord (Allah) a call in secret,
4. Saying: "My Lord! Indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, And I have never been unblest in my invocation to You, O my Lord!
5. "And Verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir,