A specialised team of gynecologists, psychologists, and massage therapists together worked to treat a new mother of Post Partum or Post Pregnancy Stress and Depression. The specialists treated a 28 yr old woman, Sunita Sharma, a resident of Panchkula who had just delivered her first child. Sunita is by nature an introvert and was overwhelmed by the attention that she was getting due to her pregnancy. Post delivery the sudden responsibility and the aspect of attention that her child needed to be started to stress her limits. Despite showing all warnings signs of depression, Sunita’s family and she herself ignored them complicating matters more.
Sunita would often have to spend all day with the child and take care of its feeding and cleaning timings. Moreover, the sleepless nights started to build extra pressure on her. She kept on bottling the stress within her and would often stare aimlessly or would sit quietly in her room. Sunita’s husband Ramesh grew concerned about her sudden withdrawal. According to Ramesh, “It was as if a switch had turned off in her. Though she was always an introvert, however, she just stopped interacting with people. She would look sad, depressed and troubled. I often saw her sobbing and complaining to herself. To understand her situation I decided to talk to her gynecologist and pregnancy expert. They suggested post pregnancy depression and recommended that I get Sunita for a consult.”
Dr. Monica Agarwal, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology at Paras Bliss Panchkula shares, “To treat Sunita we first went through a counseling session with her and tried to understand the reasons for her change in attitude. Her signs of irritability and lack of bonding with her child suggested Post Pregnancy Depression. We suggested a bit of ‘me’ time for Sunita. Since her condition was psychological, we discussed on a relaxation regime only – Special Massage Therapy Sessions. Each hour long session of deep massage therapy would relax her and the calming effect would help her introspect. Just one hour of meditation started to help her psychologically and the positive effects could be seen post 5 sessions only.”
Dr. Monica Agarwal, also elaborates, “Millions of women in India get affected by Post Pregnancy Depression. It is a treatable issue and self-diagnosable. However, due to lack of awareness majority of the women don’t come forward and suffer from mental health issues which often lead to a negative impact on their personal relationships and family affairs. Those who develop postpartum depression are at greater risk of developing major depression later on in life. Women who conceive between 19-40 yrs are at most risk to suffer from the same. Common signs and symptoms include insomnia, loss of appetite, intense irritability and difficulty bonding with the baby. Untreated, the condition may last months or longer. Treatment can include counseling, antidepressants or hormone therapy.”
Today Sunita after 20 massage therapy sessions feels more relaxed, calmer and rejuvenated. She shares, “When my doctor suggested that I was depressed, I was in denial. I refused to believe that I had a mental health issue. The best is that they didn’t put me on medication and instead supported me with psychotherapy and relaxation. The massage therapy is the best way for a new mother to de-stress and de-clutters her mind. Today I can reconnect with my family and my bundle of joy. I am truly indebted to the deep insights of the team at Paras Bliss, Panchkula.”
Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula is a specialised mother and child care centre that provides exceptional and comprehensive maternity and pediatric care. The hospital also has specialised programs to aid the new and expecting mothers. Mommy Massage, Baby Massage, Ante Natal Class, Post Pregnancy Weight Loss Program, Stretch Mark Treatment Program, are to list a few. Over the years numerous mothers have benefitted from the programs that are guided and developed by gynecologists, pregnancy experts, physiotherapists, and dermatologists.