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Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, strong baby. 

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression

You’ve just had a beautiful new baby and you’re supposed to be ecstatic, right? Then why are you having mood swings and crying?  Up to 80% of women experience “baby blues” after the delivery of their infant.  Baby blues usually only last a few days but can last up to a couple of weeks. These emotional surges are thought to be a result of the hormone fluctuations after the birth of your baby. Levels of estrogen and progesterone that increased during pregnancy drop suddenly after delivery and this can affect mood. What can you do to help you through this time? Make sure you get adequate rest, nutrition and support from family and friends.  If your symptoms are severe or last more than a couple of weeks you should speak to your prenatal care provider.  What is the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression? Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression is a serious problem. It may start like the baby blues, with mood swings, crying, sadness and insomnia. The difference is that these feelings don’t go away and are more severe. Signs of postpartum depression include:

  • Lack of interest in your baby
  • Negative feelings toward your baby
  • Lack of concern for yourself
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you experience these symptoms, consult your prenatal care provider. Go to the staying healthy after you’ve had your baby page to learn more about postpartum depression.

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It’s time to EXERCISE!

Exercising during your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. There is some evidence that exercising during pregnancy can help you prevent gestational diabetes, increase your stamina for labor and delivery and relieve stress. Certain types of exercise can you help you reduce backaches and fatigue which are common discomforts during pregnancy. You should talk to your prenatal care provider about what is safe for you during your pregnancy. Walking is always a good way to exercise and now that it’s spring, it’s a good time to get out and walk! Your local health department may have suggestions for fun ways to exercise in your community. The Columbus Ohio Department of Health has a web site with local walking maps. You can get to this site by following this link:  Check out the exercise programs in your local YMCA. The YMCA People Helping People Scholarship Program provides a helping hand to adults, youth and families based on individual needs. Your city may have a Walk With a Doc program. Go to this link to see if there is a Walk With a Doc program in your neighborhood:   Get out, exercise, stay healthy and have fun!


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