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The Baby Blues (Take Time for Yourself)

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 27-11-2006

Some new mothers go through what is known as the
“baby blues,” or postpartum blues.

This happens because your body goes through
many changes during pregnancy. These “blue” feelings may happen to you before your baby is born or
afterward.

You may feel discouraged or tense, or feel like crying over little
things that would not usually bother you. Don’t worry. These feelings are common. They won’t last
forever.

You may also have trouble sleeping. If you do, at least take time to
rest. You are under a lot of stress. Getting some rest may help you handle your
feelings.

It may help to talk about your feelings with others. Talk with family
and friends. You can find out if there are any parent groups in your community. Or contact the
National Mental Health Association for a list of local affiliates at 1-800-969-NMHA
or visit their Web site at www.nmha.org. Churches
and religious organizations in your community may be able to help you find someone to talk to. You
may also want to talk to your doctor.

 If you have friends or family who will help
you with meals, housework or shopping, now is the time to ask them. It is also a good time to let
your baby’s father help out.

 This
content has been provided freely by CMC. Click Healthy Start,
Grow Smart—Your Newborn
for your free download. Click GreatDad Free Ebook to download the entire Health
Start, Grow Smart series.

 

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