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FAQS About Post-Partum Mental Health

When is it more than the baby blues?

The postpartum period can be a time of high emotion. Life changes, upheaval, and hormonal adjustments can all contribute to feelings of overwhelm and play a role in postpartum depression (PPD).

Postpartum Support International is the USA partner organization for the global maternal mental health task force and they have suggested some answers to commonly asked questions. We’ve collated the top five for you to consider in deciding when, if, and what treatment you may consider.

6 Self-Care Truths & Tips for New Moms

We’re coming to you today with a Public Service Announcement: Basic grooming, personal hygiene, eating, sleeping and running errands for your family is NOT self-care!

At New Mom School we are on a mission to educate moms on what self-care really looks like and to give you the tools and the resources to ensure you get enough of it!

Because if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

New Baby Help: 5 Benefits of a Postpartum Doula

At New Mom School, we’re huge advocates for all that a postpartum doula can bring to the experience for new families.

After all, when parents are supported and nurtured, they feel empowered, which leads to immense joy with life’s most treasured gift…our babies!

It is often a big adjustment in family life when a newborn enters the family dynamic. By offering non-medical care and spiritual support to new parents, a postpartum doula can often be the difference between success or struggle.

BUT WHAT IS A DOULA?

Postpartum doulas are professionals who provide physical, emotional, and informational support to new parents in the weeks and months after birth. They are there to help in any way they can with postpartum care. Think breastfeeding advice and help, newborn care, self-care, and household management.

Check out some of the ways that a postpartum doula can help a new mom, and see if its the right fit for you:

Postpartum Mood Disorders

WHEN IT’S MORE THAN THE “BABY BLUES”

Here’s a fun fact: there are just shy of 4 million babies born every year in the United States.

That means almost 4 million women become mothers or add to their families, annually.

A not-so-fun fact: of those 4 million women, as many as 1 in 5 will experience some type of perinatal mood and anxiety disorder. Furthermore, it is thought 7 in 10 women hide or downplay their symptoms.

Despite this, postpartum mental health is not discussed nearly enough.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends in order to optimize the health of women and infants, postpartum care should become an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter, with services and support tailored to each woman’s individual needs—and we agree wholeheartedly. Keep reading more to discover information about Postpartum Mood Disorders.

Must-Read Parenting Books

Let’s face it, we moms barely have time to pursue any interests outside the core family functions and the luxury of reading a book cover to cover might be a thing of the past. That’s why audiobook apps like Audible are so good.

Here are my Top 2 recommendations for parenting books you’ll want to listen to. You can listen in bed, while you fold the laundry or pump/feed; wherever you can! Just pop your earphones in and listen as the pages unfold.

Recommended read:

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Dr. Ross W. Greene.

Every mom, no matter how old her child, should listen to this on Audible. It’s 2.5 hours and can be listened to in sections if you need it. The best part about listening to it is the vignettes you hear of parents talking to their children. They are so relatable and easy to replicate.

5 Essential Tips for Mothers of Newborns

Your newborn is a precious addition to the world but also requires an adjustment to your daily schedule. Here are some essential tips that should help.

1. Don’t try and force a schedule.

Infants are demanding but that should be expected. Though you may desire a certain schedule of your own, do your best not to force a schedule on your newborn. It can take weeks, sometimes months, to know your baby’s needs. Go easy on yourself and give it time to learn what they’re telling you.

Let your baby eat whenever he or she wants without applying a regular timetable. Before you know it, you’ll be in a nice rhythm. You can expect that your infant may require to eat more often than you think, especially during the first month or so.

5 Powerful Ways to Embrace your Postpartum Body

This article was written and originally published by mother.ly, read it here.

I always see hashtags on Instagram like #BeatTheMomBod or #BounceBack after someone has a baby—but why? There’s an enormous pressure put on postpartum women to return to our pre-pregnancy shape. Whether it’s someone you know showing off how they returned to their pre-baby weight in just six weeks or a headline sharing how a Hollywood actress was back in her pre-prego bikini just four months postpartum.

Advice all over the internet that tells women they can “bounce back" and erase the fact that they’ve had a baby is misguided at best and dangerous at worst.

How to Offer Help to a New Mama

Instead of telling a new mama, “Let me know if you need anything,” try;

“I’d love to drop of some dinner for you one day this week! let me know which day works best for you and what your favorite meal is.” “I’m going to the grocery store tomorrow and I’d like to pick up some groceries for you too. Can you send me the shopping list?" “Do you have afavorite drink from (insert local coffee shop) that I can bring you today?” “I’d like to come and spend an hour or two looking after your baby, so you can have a nap or some alone time. Would you like that? “I have some free time this afternoon, I can do some chores for you, what needs to be done?” “How are you coping? Would you like to talk?” Originally published by Taylor Kulik.

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