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Going through pregnancy and having a baby makes women into superheroes. But even for a superhero, having a newborn is incredibly exhausting and demanding, both physically and mentally.
You and your partner need to work together now more than ever to get through it. Although dads don’t get to grow babies in their bodies or breastfeed, they can step up in other ways — including supporting their partner’s mental health.
For some women, postpartum depression seems like something other women get. But perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) affect up to 1 in 5 women during pregnancy and after giving birth.
Since most moms get the baby blues at some point, what can dads do to support their partner’s mental health after mom delivers a baby?
Having a baby can naturally cause a strain on a marriage. Learn to be partners in parenting and you’ll get through it together. Also remember that baby’s emotional well-being is enhanced by being cared for by others, especially you.
If your partner has PMAD symptoms that last for more than two weeks or that make it difficult to function, she’ll need some help. In very rare cases (1-2 percent), mothers may experience agitation, mood swings, or a loss of touch with reality marked by delusions, hallucinations and even suicidal or infanticidal thoughts or actions. Learn more about PMADs.
Explore behavioral health resources, or call 630-305-5027 for a free behavioral health assessment.
Call the Mom’s Line at 630-527-7294, or join the Nurturing Mom support group.
How do you and your partner work together to care for baby? Share with us in the below comments.
Learn more from Healthy Driven Chicago:
Getting help for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
10 ways to help Dad become an expert baby handler
8 honest truths about life with a newborn
Postpartum depression can happen to anyone (even you)
New dads can get the baby blues, too
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