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Understanding Postpartum Depression

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If any of these feelings begin to sound familiar and last for a few days to a few weeks, don't feel guilty - know that it's part of the process of getting back to your old self. Ups and downs are normal, considering all of the hormonal changes going on inside you.

Though the Baby Blues are normal, if you realize that the depression does not go away, you should call your doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you're treated for postpartum depression, the quicker your recovery will be. If the postpartum depression goes untreated and gets worse, it can lead to postpartum psychosis which may need to be treated with hospitalization and medication. For more information, help, and resources, go to the Website for Postpartum Support International or call the PSI Postpartum Depression Helpline at 1.800.944.4PPD (4773).

Our hearts go out to all of you going through the first few months of new motherhood. Having a baby is difficult enough on your body and mind without having to deal with the landslide of emotions that follow. Finding a good support system will be very beneficial. Your partner, sister, or friend can hopefully lighten your new mother load. Just having someone watch the baby while you take a warm bath, rest a couple of hours, read a book, or get out for a walk will give you a refreshed feeling. Having someone take the baby out for an hour walk, leaving you alone in your house can be another welcome blessing.

Above all, keep your chin up! Before long your strength will return and you will see that your life has truly changed for the better. That will be the time to work on winning your Super Mother of the Year award.

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