Health Tip: Suggestions for New Moms

Tips to help ward off depression

(HealthDay News) -- Being a new mom puts a lot of pressure on you and creates countless demands on your time.

Without a sturdy support network of family and friends, this can easily lead to depression and anxiety, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says.

The agency's National Child & Maternal Health Education Program suggests:

  • Connect with other moms in your community or online. It's helpful to share experiences with others who are going through the same issues.
  • Make time for yourself.
  • Set realistic, helpful goals. Allow dishes to pile up in the sink if it means that you can get a quick nap.
  • Ask family and friends for help.
  • Rest when baby rests. You need sleep as much as baby does.
  • Don't spend all of your time with baby. When possible, make it a point to be with people your own age.

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