Post-partum depression is a condition that many women experience after having a baby. It can last for a few days, or as long as a few years, with symptoms getting milder in time. Women can have post-partum depression with one or all of their children, and according to Dr. Gilbert Webb in St. Louis, it doesn’t only affect a certain age, demographic or ethnic group. There are some ways to treat the depression, and help new moms get back on track.
One of the smartest and most important things that you can do is learn about your condition. You may even wish to talk to your doctor before you deliver the baby, so you know the symptoms to watch out for. Learn the risk factors to see if you might be prone to this type of depression. There are many articles online, and links like http://health.usnews.com/doctors/gilbert-webb-373659 that talk about understanding your symptoms, as well as books that you can read.
Time After Delivery
Don’t think that you have to do everything on your own after you have the baby. Ask friends and family for their help. If it’s the first grandbaby, then grandparents are usually more than happy to help take care of the little one for a time. See if friends can prepare a meal, or try to even get help cleaning your house. Take some time for yourself, even if it’s just taking a bubble bath, or reading a book.
Talk About Your Feelings
If you feel sad after the baby is born, or upset in any way, talk to the nurses at the hospital, or contact your doctor to let the office know what’s going on, because there are some things that can be done. Your doctor can write a prescription for a mild antidepressant to help you get through the day. If you can, find a friend who has gone through post-partum depression to talk to, so you do not feel alone.
This is something that will not only make you feel better about yourself, but will also help you lose the baby weight you gained. Find a park to go walk in, and if you need to, take the baby in a stroller. Join a gym, or get a group of friends together to exercise at your house. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that make you feel better physically and mentally.
Post-partum depression is something you can live with, but you don’t have to suffer alone. Research the signs of the condition, and make sure you don’t keep your feelings to yourself. Stay active, and take some time out after the baby is born.
It almost doesn’t matter how you learned that you were expecting twins. Instead, what matters is how you and your partner are dealing with the news, the level of prenatal care you need and how you take care of yourself while pregnant. You also need to read up on carrying and giving birth to multiples. You’re not carrying “just one more.” The carrying and birth of a single baby is much simpler than that of twins.
Now that you’re carrying twins, your pregnancy is automatically considered a high-risk pregnancy. You’re at higher risk of preterm labor and birth; gestational diabetes and; low birth weight. If your babies are identical twins (twins from one fertilized egg), the babies are facing risks themselves.
You’re also at risk of developing pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and vaginal bleeding, (Source: Gilbert Webb). Depending on how your babies are positioned inside your uterus, you may have to give birth via Caesarean section.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’re going to tire out more quickly than you would when you’re pregnant with just one baby. The days of cleaning the bathroom, doing two loads of laundry, vacuuming and mopping, then going for a long walk are gone for the duration. Let your partner know when you are tired and ask for the help you need to keep things up at home.
Nurture your relationship with your partner because you’ll feel stressed about not being able to do as much as you used to do. Your partner may feel stressed about taking on more of the workload at home.
When you get tired during pregnancy, that’s your body talking to you. Listen to it, lie down and rest. If you nap, so much the better – you’re going to need those naps. If your obstetrician orders you onto bed rest, comply with what you’re told to do. Not allowed to go downstairs and do laundry? Do dishes? Rest. If you’re working, now is a good time to request a telecommuting arrangement.
The better informed you are, the better prepared you are for unexpected events. Pick up, buy or borrow books on pregnancy with multiples. You’ll have questions when your OB isn’t in the office. Browse the Internet and look for sites operated by obstetricians. Connect with parents of twins and ask them what you should expect.
Your life has just undergone a huge change now that you know you’re having twins. You have questions and concerns – you may be scared. The resources you need are out there, so reach out and use them. Use sites like mercy.net to find doctors that specialize in helping those that are having twins.
Every pregnancy is different. This means that some women will stay active for nine months, while others trade workout routines for morning sickness and fatigue—and plenty of women will fall somewhere in between these two groups. While it is important to stay somewhat active during your pregnancy, many women worry about appropriate exercises that will ensure the safety of their growing baby. Yes, you don’t want to over-exert yourself or do anything to jeopardize your baby’s health, but there are still plenty of physical activities appropriate for pregnant women of varying strengths. If you want to stay active throughout your pregnancy, here are a few safe workouts that you might try:
This might not seem like a “workout,” but walking is a simple, yet effective form of exercise. Walking daily can make a huge difference while pregnant. The key to walking during pregnancy (as with any exercise) is not to overdo it. A brisk 20 minute walk keeps the body active and the legs flexible, and that energy will make a difference for the baby as well. A woman who keeps fit is more likely to give birth to a healthy baby because her body is more prepared for the stress of childbirth. Even those who experience nausea and fatigue can strive to walk a few times a week in order to improve their health, and prepare for the birth.
Swimming lightens the feeling of body weight, thus making it extremely safe to do while pregnant. An exercise routine that reduces the risk of twisted ankles or possibly falling against the womb are the best choices for soon-to-be mothers. According to professionals who provide swimming lessons for infants in Houston, swimming works out the arms and legs, which keeps moms in shape—and since they cannot feel the extra weight of pregnancy, also keeps them relaxed. For an exercise routine that will take the strain off your back and legs, and provides a lower impact for your joints, try swimming to stay in shape during pregnancy.
Pregnancy aerobics classes can be extremely beneficial to pregnant women at many stages. Regular aerobics tend to be too high-activity for someone who is pregnant, but a class that is specifically geared towards a constantly growing child is an excellent way to stay in shape. The kinds of exercises used are good for both the heart and the body. Mothers can rest assured that they are not doing anything to harm their child with the help of professional coaches available. If you like to do aerobics at home, there also DVDs and programs of low-impact aerobic routines that are designed specifically for pregnant bodies.
Professional yoga classes geared towards pregnant women are a great way to keep the body toned and flexible without causing too much stress on the joints. While it is good to stretch, stretching too much can sometimes make the back or sides become cramped or tight. A mother-to-be has to be extremely aware of what she is doing, so taking yoga from a professional instructor is recommended. Not only does yoga provide a release for an aching body, but it is also a great way to clear the mind and reduce stress. Keeping a calm mind and lowering stress will contribute to a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
Being active during pregnancy in the right capacity will help a mother to recover and “bounce back” after the birth, and will only a benefit a growing fetus. Remember that there are exercises to avoid during pregnancy—not all exercises are created equal when it comes to a pregnant body. By doing proper research and enlisting the help of professionals, you’ll know what to avoid and what to try. With the right information, you can stay somewhat active throughout your pregnancy and enjoy your own health, as well as the health of your child after the birth.
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Premature babies, or preemies, are not fully developed and for that reason they have special needs that need to be attended to by their parents, and often by health care professionals.
If your baby is kept in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit), your physician and other healthcare professionals will be there to help you and your baby. Since preemies sometimes don’t have fully developed lungs, they may need to have some type of oxygen delivery system. Feeding is also important, and breast milk is best. Ask for help and support with feeding before you and your preemie leave the hospital.
You are the one who knows what is normal or not normal for your baby. Be observant. Monitor your baby’s breathing, skin color, temperature and behavior. If they are eating properly they will have diapers that are wet and soiled. If they are having trouble with their livers, they will have jaundice. In that case, their skin and the whites of their eyes will be yellowish. If their skin is blue, especially in the toes, lips or fingers, they are not getting enough oxygen. If they are not moving or crying enough, they may be ill.
Be sure your preemie is warm enough. A hat will often increase a preemies body temperature and help him or her stay warm. High-risk obstetrician Dr. Gilbert Webb asserts that proper observation and fast action when there are concerns can greatly increase a preemie’s odds of thriving.
While having a preemie is a cause for concern in some ways, it is also a cause for rejoicing. There is no substitute for physical touch when nurturing a baby, even a tiny one. Skin to skin contact is well known to cause babies to thrive. Lay the tiny newborn on your bare chest. Nestle him or her close and enjoy the cuddle. Reading and talking to a baby is important for mental development as well.
You can’t take care of anyone if you don’t take care of yourself. Be sure you are getting your rest by sharing responsibilities for the baby at times. Eat well and get some exercise. Take breaks from baby care. And don’t be afraid to ask your physicians and nurses the best ways to take care of your preemie.
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