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Health Information For Parents
I have a newborn who I love more than life itself! My daughter is the joy of my life. Still, I feel sad sometimes, and I’m not sure why. What’s wrong with me? – Lyda
The transition from pregnancy to parenthood is a major life adjustment — both physically and emotionally. During your baby’s first few days of life, it’s normal to feel emotional highs and lows, something commonly referred to as the “baby blues.”
With the baby blues, you might feel happy one minute and tearful or overwhelmed the next. You might find yourself feeling angry, sad, irritable, or discouraged. Feeling this way doesn’t mean that you’re a “bad” mother or that you don’t love your baby.
These mood swings are believed to be caused by hormone changes that happen in a woman’s body after she gives birth. Levels of estrogen and progesterone needed during pregnancy suddenly drop, causing shifts in mood. Other things — like being tired and not getting enough sleep, for example — also can add to these feelings.
Fortunately, the baby blues usually only last for a few days or weeks, and usually stop on their own without medical treatment.
If you have a case of the baby blues, try to take care of yourself as much as possible. Eat a healthy diet and get as much rest as you can, especially since exhaustion and sleep deprivation can reinforce and fuel feelings of sadness.
Here are some other things that can help you feel better:
If the baby blues last longer than a week or two, or if symptoms become worse, talk to your doctor to discuss whether postpartum depression may be the cause of your emotional lows.
It’s important for new mothers â and those who love them â to understand the symptoms of postpartum depression and reach out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help.
After giving birth, you’ll notice you’ve changed somewhat – both physically and emotionally. Here’s what to expect after labor and delivery.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
If you’re a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.
Bonding, the intense attachment that develops between you and your baby, is completely natural. And it’s probably one of the most pleasurable aspects of infant care.
Pregnant women experience a variety of emotions and life changes. But most first-time dads have lots of feelings and concerns to deal with, too.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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