Meeting the increased demands of being a new parent can be a big challenge. It is easy to get overtired and overwhelmed during the first weeks. What used to be a simple chore, such as buying groceries, is not so simple now. Plus, you have new chores, including feeding and changing your new baby. At the end of the day, you may be so tired that you feel like crying. Instead of looking forward to the next day, you may be dreading tomorrow. Like many new parents, you are burned out from the stress of having a new baby.
Stress affects each of us differently, and the most effective ways to relieve it are different for each person. You can try different methods to find out which ones work best for you. As the weeks go by, you will begin to develop a rhythm with your baby. Tasks that now seem to take forever will become easier.
Many women get the "baby blues" during the first few days after childbirth. If you are a new mother and the "baby blues" last more than a few days, call your doctor or nurse call line right away. Depression is a medical condition that requires treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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