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PREPPING FOR
PARENTHOOD

NEW-PARENT PROBLEM:

I'm not loving every moment of this like I
thought I would. Could it be postpartum depression?
With the flood of hormonally induced emotions that come along
with baby, it can be hard for new moms to tell the difference
between normal baby blues and postpartum depression.
"Normal baby blues include weepiness and minor anxiety and
typically resolve within a week or two after giving birth," Moore
Simas says. "Postpartum depression lasts longer and can cause
feelings of hopelessness, guilt, sadness and sometimes suicidal
thoughts. Some women may experience it differently, with things
like anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder showing up."

The hospitals of Community Healthcare
System-Community Hospital in Munster,
St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and
St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart-offer
valuable education programs to help ease
the transition into parenthood.
Classes offered before, during or after
pregnancy provide the necessary tools
for a new parent just starting out or
an opportunity for seasoned mothers
or fathers who are seeking a refresher
course to brush up their parenting skills.
Our certified childbirth educators
will guide you through every step
of your journey, from maintaining a
healthy pregnancy to raising a healthy
baby. Expectant parents are encouraged to sign up by the fourth month
of pregnancy for the optimal educational experience.

3 PRO TIP : Don't feel guilty if you're not thrilled with being a

parent every second of the day. That's normal-raising a baby
is exhausting! But err on the safe side if you suspect you're dealing
with something more serious, and tell your doctor. "Any significant change in behavior should be discussed with your physician,"
Moore Simas says.

CALL

Parenting 101
Childbirth and parenting classes are
free, but registration is necessary.
To find out more, call 219-836-3477
or 866-836-3477.

NEW-PARENT PROBLEM:

I haven't done anything social in
weeks. How can I find the time?

Parenthood is an all-encompassing endeavor, especially as
you're just finding your footing. It's OK if you're a little behind
on responding to text messages and happy-hour invites, but once
you've started to get accustomed to the new you, try to reconnect
with the old you, too. Schedule a date night with your spouse or a
quick coffee catch-up with a friend.

3 PRO TIP : Craving company? Ask friends to come to you. Most people
will be delighted to cuddle a new baby, and you can get some much-needed
adult interaction. ■

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