Friends, Helpers and Postpartum Blues

Newborn / Baby Care & Feeding

Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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Friends, Helpers and Postpartum Blues

Friends and Helpers

Everyone needs help during the first few weeks. Welcome help from family, friends, or neighbors, but make sure that they understand that it is your job to take care of your baby. They can help best by taking care of household chores, shopping or  errands. 

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Postpartum Blues

More than 50% of new mothers experience postpartum blues, which can begin shortly after delivery and last one to three weeks. Symptoms include sadness, crying, moodiness, exhaustion, and difficulty thinking clearly. These symptoms may be due to a number of factors, including a sudden decrease in hormones, interruption to normal sleep patterns, and adjusting to the new responsibilities of motherhood.  Some things to try if you are feeling down:

  • Make sure you are getting adequate nutrition, physical activity and healthy sleep. 
  • Get help with taking care of household chores, cooking, errands, and, if needed, your baby’s needs. 
  • Keep in contact with friends and family so that you do not feel isolated. 

Between 10 – 30% of new mothers experience more serious postpartum depression. Symptoms of postpartum depression are more intense and longer lasting than that of the baby blues and include loss of appetite, irritability and anger, insomnia, lack of joy, feelings of inadequacy, difficulty bonding with baby, and withdrawal from family and friends. 

The providers at Advanced Pediatrics do a routine screening for postpartum depression with all new mothers at their baby’s 2 week well care visit. New moms experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression are encouraged to seek the help of a medical provider or therapist.


Written by Advanced Pediatric Associates

Reviewed July 2015

 

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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