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When children get sick and are coughing, parents are often at their wits end especially at night. It’s beyond difficult when everyone in the house is up because of a persistent cough. Parents are understandably reluctant to give medications that may not work well and have side effects.
We know that postpartum depression is a serious concern. Identification and prevention is key to helping moms avoid feeling more than just baby blues so that they can care for themselves and their babies.
A recent study on a small group of pregnant women found that those who took DHA, Omega-3 supplements during their pregnancy had a decreased risk of postpartum depression. According to the lead author, Dr. Michelle Price Judge, it’s thought that as pregnancy progresses into the 3rd trimester, more of the mother’s stores of DHA are transferred to the baby, which causes a depletion in the mother.
My Life Won’t Change With a New Baby
Remember saying this? I do. I remember thinking it. I remember looking at my friends with babies and kids and wondering what happened to them. Why couldn’t they just meet for a movie. Babies sleep right? They always seem to be sleeping, there’s lots of time to get stuff done.
I see my patients come in during their pregnancies with lots of ideas about what their lives will be like after their first baby arrives. Some have an idea that life will be turned upside down. Many don’t and lay out for me how they’ll manage to continue their lifestyle with the new baby. They have lots of great and reasonable plans.