Taking care of yourself after pregnancy is really important. Staying healthy can make you feel good and give you the energy you need to take care of your family.
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Feeling sad and overwhelmedThe baby blues can begin right after you have your baby. Many new moms feel happy one minute and sad the next. Having a baby in the NICU can make these feelings stronger. Postpartum depression (also called PPD) is different from the baby blues. It has more intense feelings of sadness or worry that last for a long time after the baby is born. It’s a medical condition that needs treatment to get better.
Signs of postpartum depression include:
Here’s what you need to know about PPD:
Leaving my new baby in the hospital after I was discharged was so hard. I was worried that I would miss out on early bonding experiences. I felt so many emotions — but mostly I felt guilty. It felt so wrong to be at home, pumping at my kitchen table at 3 a.m., knowing someone else was cuddling and feeding my baby. I would get up early, race back and forth to the hospital with pumped milk, and try and split my time between my baby in the NICU and my son at home. It was hard.
And then my little guy came home. I snuggled him even more, held his soft body close to mine, and finally felt like my family was complete. Nothing felt better than all of us being under the same roof —together.
— Meghan, Mom to a 35-week baby boy
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