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YOU ARE
NOT ALONE

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."

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.

Up to 20 percent of new and expectant
mothers experience anxiety and depression. Every mom dealing with this medical condition needs to know that she is
not to blame and will get better with the
proper treatment.
Maternity or obstetric providers are very
familiar with how to screen for or assess
postpartum depression and refer moms to
counseling if needed, says Diane Sampson,
a UVA Women's & Children prenatal educator. In her classes, Sampson helps expecting parents learn about the physical and
emotional challenges that may happen
after the baby is born. Sampson makes
sure every parent knows about Postpartum
Support Virginia (postpartumva.org).
"This is a really comprehensive
resource for families," she says. "Here,
they can find help in their communities to
get the support they need."

WEBSITE

Is It Baby Blues?
Or is it postpartum depression?
It's important to know the difference,
as postpartum depression requires
treatment. You can learn more at
uvahealth.com/ppd.

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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