Whether you are expecting your first baby, or your fourth baby, all expectant parents and their partners need support. Support comes in many forms, anywhere from the support you receive from friends to the support you may find in books or on-line.
4 areas of support are:
- Day-to-day help – this is the practical help you get from friends and family to allow you to focus on rest and your baby.
- Emotional support – as a new parent you need to feel like you are doing a good job. It’s important to share your feelings and emotions with people you trust such as family, friends, other mothers, and religious/spiritual supports.
- Health and well-being – Doctors and nurses can be a support if you are struggling with your emotions during and after pregnancy. Involve your partner in any treatment you may need, they are there for you.
- Information – Knowledge is power! Get informed on postpartum depression and anxiety through books, online links, information sessions, support groups, and parenting classes. Share this valuable information with your partner and family members.
Look at where your supports are strong, and where you may need more help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.