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Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

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Most new mothers experience baby blues after giving birth. The common signs – crying, mood swings, irritability and anxiety – may last up to two weeks.

While most new mothers experience baby blues, a large number suffers from postpartum depression. Many find it difficult to talk about the subject and some never do out of fear or shame. If you are expecting twins or multiples, the risk of postpartum depression is higher.

Are they different?

It is not easy to say when a mom may move from baby blues into postpartum depression but one of the biggest differentiators is the duration of symptoms. Baby blues symptoms usually disappear in two weeks but postpartum depression can last up to a year.  If you are still experiencing the signs after two weeks or longer, it is most likely postpartum depression.

Seek professional help

If you or a loved one is experiencing postpartum depression, it is important to seek professional help. Postpartum depression is not a weakness or something to be ashamed of. Your OB can refer you to a therapist, who specializes in postpartum depression. Alternatively, you can seek out a therapist’s help directly. Most moms feel better quickly with the help of therapy and/or medication.

Be kind to yourself

Some moms blame themselves for how they are feeling. Remember that you are only human and worthy of kindness, love and support. Postpartum depression is a condition, like any other, and can be resolved with the right treatment and support.

Prevent postpartum depression

Seeking the help of a baby nurse or newborn care specialist can help to prevent a great deal of the stress that comes with taking care of a newborn. It also ensures you have time for self-care, which is extremely important to help with postpartum depression. Hiring a newborn care specialist or night nurse ensures you are well rested, and less stressed, which means you are less likely to get postpartum depression. Keep your loved ones close. Having a good support system means you don’t have to do this alone.

Parenthood can be isolating and sometimes it’s helpful to know you aren’t alone. Tapping into local centers such as The Nesting Place on Long Island can be a great way to connect with other parents in your community. Support groups such as the fourth trimester support circle and parent and me classes like the ones offered at The Nesting Place are a great way to get out of the house with your baby, and meet others who are likely experiencing similar challenges. Learn more at www.thenestingplaceli.com .

If you have more questions or you simply want to understand the process of hiring a night nurse for your newborn or nanny for child care in Manhattan NY, call us at (833) 446-0399 or write to help@withgracecarespecialists.com. We can help you hire newborn care specialists and nannies in the greater New York City Area, Westchester and Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and the Hamptons.