In the best of circumstances achieving a good night’s sleep is challenging…add a newborn, teething or fussy infant or a mind that won’t stop thinking to the mix and it can feel impossible! Although a new baby can make it very challenging for new parents to feel rested, it’s very important to ‘protect’ your sleep. … Continue reading Will I ever get enough sleep? Helpful tips for your mental health
As a Public Health Nurse, I work with women who are dealing with depression or anxiety related to being a new mother. Here are a couple of direct quotes from new mothers that I’d like to share… “I have to be strong for my kids, I have to prepare everything for them to be healthy… Continue reading Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day
As a Public Health Nurse, I have met many people who have ideas on how they would like the birth of their baby to play out…anything from a natural drug-free birth, a vaginal birth, to a planned c-section. Yes, it’s okay to have a birth plan, however, all too often these hopes and ideas don’t go… Continue reading How a difficult birth can affect your mood
Most people associate Valentine’s Day with chocolate, flowers, and jewelry, but have all you partners out there thought about the best gift a new mom could ever ask for? You guessed it … hands on, practical help to get through the early days with a new baby. Being organized ahead of baby’s arrival can make for… Continue reading What’s the best Valentine’s gift for a new parent? (And no, it’s not chocolate!)
As a Public Health Nurse working with new families, and a mom myself, I know how busy, exciting, and stressful the holiday season can be…especially when there is a new baby on the scene! Once all the festivities have ended and family & friends have returned to their normal schedules, new parents often fall prey… Continue reading I just survived my baby’s first holiday season…now what?
Looking back, you were so excited on the day of your baby’s birth…she was so small and perfect, just what you expected. The breastfeeding took some time to master, but it got better. Now 3 months later you are constantly worried: “Am I doing this right? Is she getting enough milk? Is there something wrong… Continue reading Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?
Just had a baby and notice a change in the way you feel? It can be a difficult time. You’re recovering from the delivery, not getting enough sleep, and caring for a new baby. Having a baby is a big life change, feelings ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness can happen at any time… Continue reading New baby & feeling tired? Tips to increase your energy
A few years ago I watched one of those reality TV shows about having a baby. There was a young pregnant woman being interviewed in a clothing store. She was talking about the changes she was experiencing in pregnancy. “Once my belly started to grow, I started getting really excited” she was saying. “And then… Continue reading Pregnancy changes – the physical & emotional roller coaster
Susan is a mother of 2 and experienced depression after the birth of her 1st child and again in her current postpartum period. She has struggled with depression for most of her life… During a support group, Susan mentioned that her doctor suggested medication but she is worried about becoming addicted. She doesn’t believe in… Continue reading Postpartum depression & anxiety: Do I need medication?
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… Continue reading Have you thought about your circle of support?