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The Post Partum Blues

More than 50% of women experience post partum blues in the third or fourth day after delivery. The symptoms include tearfulness, sadness, and even the inability to think clearly. The main cause of this temporary reaction is probably the sudden decrease in maternal hormones. Here are some ways to cope with post partum blues:

• First, discuss your feelings of being trapped, your sense that these new responsibilities are insurmountable, and your other concerns with a close friend or your husband.

• Second, get adequate rest. Every baby awakens one or more times a night. Try to meet your sleep requirements through naps.

• Third, get out of the house several times a week. As long as you dress her for the weather, your baby can be taken outside at any age. Also, arrange for someone to watch your baby so you can have some time for yourself.

• Finally, these symptoms usually clear in one to three weeks as your hormone levels return to normal and as you develop a routine for managing your baby . If you don’t feel better by the time your baby is a month of age, seek counseling for possible depression.

During Dr. Schmitt’s 20 years as a medical practitioner and researcher, he has published over 100 articles or chapters on pediatric health care, and has been awarded the distinguished C. Anderson Aldrich Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development. Schmitt has also authored five books including Your Child’s Health, which won Child Magazine’s first Hall of Fame Award in 1991. Schmitt is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and on staff at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.



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