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How can you treat 'baby blues'?

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This is a temporary dip in mood that happens to many new mothers. You should start to feel better if you do what your body needs during this stressful time.

  • Sleep as much as you can, and rest when your baby is napping.
  • Eat foods that are good for you. You’ll feel better with healthy fuel in your system.
  • Go for a walk. Exercise, fresh air and sunshine can do wonders.
  • Accept help when people offer it.
  • Relax. Don’t worry about chores – just focus on you and your baby.

SOURCES:


Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum depression.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Depression during and after pregnancy fact sheet.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

SOURCES:


Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum depression.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Depression during and after pregnancy fact sheet.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

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