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Six tips for healthy postpartum care


The postpartum period can be overwhelmi­ng and challeng-ing if it’s your first child, but it can also be a special time for bonding with your new baby.

With the sudden drop in progestero­ne hormone after childbirth, the blues can occur and this can take a toll in the first few weeks. If depression occurs, it can be a difficult situation, but it is important to prioritize your own well-being so you can ultimately give more to your new family.

Here are six tips to help a new mom navigate postpartum depression:

• Bond with your baby. This is a special time for you to get to know your new little one. Spend time cuddling, talking to, and looking at your baby. This will also help to build a strong attachment between the two of you.

• Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. They can help with things like cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the baby. You may also want to consider hiring a postpartum doula to help with breastfeed­ing and baby care.

• Join a support group or play group with other moms. You are not alone in this journey, and connecting with other new moms can be a great way to find support, advice, and friendship. You can find support groups online or in your local community.

• Consider therapy or counseling. It is normal to have a range of emotions during the postpartum period, but if you find yourself struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, seeking therapy or counseling can be a helpful.

• Take time for selfcare. Make time to do things that you enjoy and make you feel good. This can be anything from reading a book, walking, or having a bath.

• Keep a journal. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a great way to process your emotions and reflect on your experience­s. You can also look back on it later and see how far you’ve come.

Being a new mom is a wonderful and rewarding experience but can also be challengin­g, especially in the first few weeks when you’re missing so much sleep! If you are having trouble with breastfeed­ing, let your baby set the pace and keep yourself hydrated. I have more tips on postpartum depression and breastfeed­ing in the longer, more detailed version of this article, which is posted on my website.

In summary, be patient with yourself and your baby. Your baby is new to the world, just like you are new to being a parent. Be patient and understand­ing with yourself and your baby. You will both make mistakes, but you will also make progress.

You are going through a lot right now and it is OK to take a break when you need it. With time, you will find your footing and will be able to navigate the postpartum period with ease.

This informatio­n is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Discuss any medication changes, including timing, with your physician. For a longer version of this article, visit www.suzycohen.com.

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