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After Pregnancy

Health tips for new moms

After your baby is born, your excitement and to-do list will grow. Don’t forget that you’ll need to schedule your new mom checkup with your doctor.
As a new mom, this follow-up visit is very important. During the visit, your doctor will check to make sure you are OK. This checkup is also a good time to ask your doctor any questions you may have about your health since your delivery. The visit should occur between four and six weeks after you have your baby.

Effects of Pregnancy

Pregnancy can take a tremendous toll on a woman’s body. You may go through many physical and emotional changes after you have your baby. Most of the major complications of labor and birth take place within the first few hours after delivery, but some may not surface until days or weeks later. As you learn to deal with any changes and problems you may have, you should stay in close contact with your doctor.

If you are trying to lose weight, make sure you do so in a healthy way. Talk to your doctor before you start a diet or working out.

You may also feel sad or depressed. Seventy to 80 percent of all new mothers feel sadness commonly called, “the baby blues.”  This can be a very normal phase that will go away on its own. If it doesn’t, it may be a sign of a serious illness called postpartum depression. In some cases, you may need medicine and therapy to help you feel better.  Here are some facts you need to know about postpartum depression:

  • It affects 10 to 15 percent of all new mothers.
  • Unlike “the baby blues,” it does not go away on its own.
  • Babies are less likely to get proper care when postpartum depression is left untreated.
  • It can be treated safely and effectively.
  • Depression is not a sign of weakness, and it’s nobody’s fault.

So, be aware of your feelings, and talk with your doctor about any prolonged feelings of sadness or depression you may have.

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