Hudson Valley Parent

November 2013

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" " OPEN ENROLLMENT More than just 'baby blues'? T he birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyous and exciting time in a mother's life. But for many women, it is the exact opposite. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, about 70-80% of women experience the "baby blues" after childbirth and about 10% of women develop postpartum depression (PPD), a serious medical condition that develops during the first months after childbirth. Many women go through a period of feeling New moms sad, anxious, or irritable after the birth of a baby. However, if these symptoms last longer than two weeks, it could be an indication of PPD. Symptoms of the 'baby blues': • Crying for no apparent reason • Difficulty with eating, sleeping or making decisions • Chronic doubts about caring for the baby Symptoms of PPD: • Strong feelings of depression and anger that continue beyond one or two months after childbirth • Feelings of sadness, guilt, or helplessness that get in the way of everyday activities • Inability to care for oneself or the baby • Difficulty concentrating or doing tasks at home or on the job • Concern and worry for baby is too intense, or interest in the baby is lacking • Anxiety or panic attacks • Withdrawal or isolation from friends and family • Fears of harming the baby • Thoughts of self-harm or suicide If you are concerned about your feelings of depression after the birth of a baby, contact your obstetrician or primary care physician right away. Hudson Valley Parent 13 n with flying colors art classes art school kids art classes mommy and me classes open doors educational advocates special education advocates valley pediatric dentistry pediatric dentists

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