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The Baby Blues: Survival Tips For New Moms

New mothers expect to be basking in bliss upon the arrival of their bundle of joy, and many become concerned when instead of joy and excitement they actually experience weepiness, anxiety, and exhaustion.

This phenomenon is known as the baby blues and a majority of new mothers have at least some symptoms, including irritability, sadness, moodiness, sleeping problems, and changes in appetite.

Fortunately, the baby blues are temporary and a normal part of being a new mother, and there are some tips that you can take to make this time more manageable.

Get Enough Sleep

With a newborn, getting a full night’s sleep may sound like an ambitious task or even a luxury. However, poor sleep can make your depressed mood worse. Enlist the help of your partner or family members to help you to get plenty of rest, and take naps when your baby is sleeping.

Take Time For Yourself

Take time away from your duties as a mom to take a break and relax. Discuss your feelings and your need for some alone time with your partner. Find simple ways to treat or pamper yourself, such as reading a good book or taking a long bath.

By taking time for yourself, you will feel less stressed when you are taking care of your new baby.

Get Support

Consult with your clinic or hospital to see if they offer any support groups, as these can help you to sort through feelings of new motherhood. Find a group that fits with your beliefs or parenting philosophy, or choose a group that fits your place in life. For example, if you are the parent of a premature baby or a child with special needs, groups that include other parents in those situations will be the most helpful.

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