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Beware the Baby Blues

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Being a new mom is exhausting, and it's natural to feel low now and then. But for some women, it goes further — they suffer from postpartum depression. This condition can be mild, or it can be severe enough to prompt thoughts of suicide. Postpartum depression may last from 3 to 12 months and may have serious consequences for the whole family, including the baby. Studies show that young infants behave differently with their depressed mothers than they do with new moms who don't have postpartum depression. And that difference is not good for their development.

Whether it's full-blown postpartum depression or a bad case of the baby blues, newborns are very sensitive to their mothers' moods, so get help right away if you're still feeling sad, tearful, or down on a regular basis.




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