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The Baby Blues is a difficult, but common, reaction to the hormonal changes and stress of adjusting to life with a new baby. It usually lasts only a few days. But is it more than just the "Baby Blues"? Look for the signs of postpartum depression if your blues lasts for two weeks or longer -- getting help can help you get back to your old self. Postpartum Depression is treatable. Read Shoshana Bennett, Ph.D.'s article on Postpartum Emotions, and get the facts about this painful but treatable disease.

The good news is that if you have PPD, there are things you can do to take care of yourself.

  • Get good, old-fashioned rest. Always try to nap when the baby naps.
  • Stop putting pressure on yourself to do everything. Do as much as you can and leave the rest! Ask for help with household chores and nighttime feedings.
  • Talk to your husband, partner, family, and friends about how you are feeling.
  • Do not spend a lot of time alone. Get dressed and leave the house - run an errand or take a short walk.
  • Spend time alone with your husband or partner.
  • Talk to your health care provider about medical treatment. Do not be shy about telling them your concerns. Not all health care providers know how to tell if you have PPD. Ask for a referral to a mental health professional who specializes in treating depression.
  • Talk with other mothers, so you can learn from their experiences.
  • Join a support group for women with PPD. Find a support group and resources in your area by visiting Postpartum Support International.
Information courtesy of the Office on Women's Health of the Department of Health and Human Services.


 
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