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Trying to find a true statistic on how many are affected by postpartum mood disorders (PPMDs), is difficult to find but according to Post Partum Progress it is approximately 10 to 15%! Remeber that is 10 – 15% that are reporting their depression! There has been such a stigma attached to Post Partum Depression that I can only imagine the number of cases that have gone undiagnosed! Remember your safety and your child’s safety depend on you telling your family and doctor how you feel!
Recently a number of celebrities have begun speaking out about their depression. The Frisky recently published an article about celebrity moms that battled depression including:
Bryce Dallas Howard
It is so encouraging that these women are speaking out! So if you are feeling down or depressed you are not alone! “Growing a Human” (as I like to say!) is an incredibly difficult and emotional process!
Here is some basic information about baby blues and postpartum depression. PLEASE TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR if you have any of these symptoms! Do not ignore them just hoping they will go away.
Many moms have what are called the baby blues after having a baby. Women’s Health outlines the symptoms of baby blues as
- Having mood swings
- Feeling sad, anxious, or overwhelmed
- Having crying spells
- Loss of appetite
- Having trouble sleeping
The baby blues most often go away within a few days or a week. The symptoms are not severe and do not need treatment
Do you know the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression? Women’s Health outlines the symptoms of postpartum depression as
- Thoughts of hurting the baby
- Thoughts of hurting yourself
- Not having any interest in the baby
***Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor so call them IMMEDIATELY.***
The symptoms of postpartum depression last longer and are more severe. Postpartum depression can begin anytime within the first year after childbirth.
Did you have any of these symptoms after having a child? Did you seek treatment? Do you have any suggestions for new moms?
The suggestions in this post should not be substituted for medical advise. Please contact your doctor to discuss them.
In a recent blog post I Can Teach My Child outlined a list of 71 things that your child should know before going to kindergarten. I didn’t realize that kids need to know so much BEFORE they even get to school!
Here are a few that I found interesting:
- Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner
- Plays well with others
- Speaks clearly enough to be understood without contextual clues
- Recites/sings alphabet
- Matches upper-case letters and lower-case letters
- Pedals and steers a tricycle
- Cuts out a 3″ triangle on construction paper
- Identifies 10 colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink
Again if your have concerns about your child and their development please talk to your pediatrician and consider have an Early Intervention evaluation.
This weekend is A-Day at Delaware Valley College! “ A-Day, which stands for Activities Day, brings the campus and the surrounding community together for educational exhibits, competitions, entertainment, fun and great food. Exhibits and demonstrations involve a variety of majors at the college.” Funny I always thought A-Day stood for Agriculture day! Oops! My family has been going since I was a kid!
There will be lots to see and do so check it out
Friday April 27th 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday April 28th 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday April 29th 10:00am to 6:00pm
Delaware Valley College is located at 700 East Butler Avenue Doylestown, PA 18901
Parking Fees are $10.00.
So check out some farm style fun!
What else is happening this weekend? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
Breastfeeding might be all smooth sailing until that dreaded day when your baby bites you! OUCH! Here are some great tips on how to handle biting!
1. Say “It Hurts!” Let your baby know that he/she is hurting you….be firm with your tone but don’t freak out!
2. End the Breastfeeding Session. Unlatch your baby by sliding your finger into the side of his/her mouth to break the suction. Do not offer the breast again for at least 15 minutes.
3. Baby Time Out. If simply stopping your session for a few minutes doesn’t work put your baby down for a few minutes and then try again.
4. Learn Your Baby’s Cues. Babies sometimes bite when they are bored or frustrated. If your baby appears distracted then stop your session and try again later.
5. Teething. Try offering a teething baby something to chew on before the feeding.
***Your baby may start biting when your milk supply starts decreasing. I read all of the literature that I could find when my 10 month old started biting me but NO ONE suggested that it could be because I wasn’t making enough milk to fill my baby up! So be aware of how much milk (or lack of milk) that you are making!
Thanks Breastfeeding Magazine for these great tips
Photo CreditThe old wives tale is that when you are pregnant you crave pickles and ice-cream…well I never craved that! When when I was pregnant I craved Mike and Ikes and Chic-fil-a and honestly didn’t eat much else! You know that I love to follow celebrity moms so I recently read an article about Reese Witherspoon and her cravings during her most recent pregnancy. The article from AZCentral says that Reese Witherspoon is “…craving seaweed smoothies, pickles and peanut butter all together, plus chicken wings smothered in barbecue sauce.” So I guess some of us sure do crave those pickles!
Did you have weird cravings during your pregnancy? What did you crave?