• Melissa Cowl

Avoiding Postpartum Mood Disorders, Part I/III

Updated: May 14

A Three Part Series by Christy Medeiros

Part One

Tips for Preventing Postpartum Mood Disorders


Prioritize sleep


Self-care

  • Relax on the housework

  • Eat nutritious meals

  • Exercise

  • Sunshine and fresh air

  • Time to yourself

Stay connected with your support network

  • Invest in relationships with family and friends

  • Share your feelings with supportive listeners

  • Connect with other new moms – Early Years Centre, Baby Groups, Baby and Me exercise classes, etc.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Consider hiring a postpartum doula

  • Helps parents learn to care for and integrate with their baby

  • Offers emotional and practical support

  • Breastfeeding support

  • Can help with light housework and childcare

  • Connects you with community resources and information




Continue on to Part Two

References:

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PsychologyWorksFactSheet_Post-PartumDepression.pdf; http://www.bcdoulas.org/about-doulas/postpartum-doula-faqs; https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/postpartum-depression;

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/postpartum-depression-and-the-baby-blues.htm/; https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy-woman/sexual-reproductive/postpartum-mood-disorders-what-new-moms-need-to-know; https://www.mooddisorders.ca/faq/postpartum-depression

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