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Post-Partum Mood Swings: Who, What, Why, When and How to Stop Swinging

depression1.jpgWho? If you’re going to deliver a baby soon, there’s a better than even chance it’s you. The “baby blues” (or “third-day blues”) is a common reaction to giving birth that occurs hours or days after delivery. You’ll experience wide mood swings, insomnia and even uncontrollable weeping, often for no apparent reason.

So now you know who, what and when. If you’ve been seeing an obstetrician or health care professional throughout your pregnancy, you’re probably aware that mood swings after giving birth are a possibility. Researchers believe they’re caused by the great hormonal changes that take place. You know how hormone changes can affect your mood before you get your period? Same thing, only on a much grander scale. Also, your level of thyroid hormones can drop after delivery, which can also cause symptoms of depression. The good news–usually these feelings go away after a few days. If they continue, you may be suffering from post-partum mood disorder. By all means, talk with your physican or health care professional about your feelings, because they might not go away on their own.

 HELP YOURSELF FEEL BETTER

According to a report from North Carolina Women’s Hospital, here are some things you can do to help yourself feel your best:

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  • Get extra sleep by resting when your baby naps
  • Ask for help with household chores and baby care when you can
  • Talk to your husband or partner, family and friends about how you’re feeling
  • Get dressed every day and leave the house, even if you just run an errand or take a walk
  • Spend some time with other people every day
  • Talk with other mothers about their experiences
  • Join a new-mother support group

All great ideas. And if you’d like some great ideas on what to buy for that beautiful baby of yours, head over to Corner Stork, where the cutest clothes and toys are sure to lift your spirits. Take good care of yourself, Mom!

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