Helping Mom through Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression

Dad and other family members didn’t cause mom’s mood changes and can’t take them away. Close family and friends are often the first to realize something is wrong, though, and can help by being encouraging, lowering expectations and not taking these changes personally. Here are a few ways to help mom get through the rough spots:

  • Make her health and the family’s well-being top priority
  • Discuss possible mood changes with mom before delivery
  • Know the signs of pregnancy- and postpartum-related depression
  • Help mom care for herself and baby. Don’t let looks fool you. Mom may look great, but she may be barely holding on.
  • Make dinner
  • Play her favorite music
  • Do the laundry or dishes
  • Sit and listen to her
  • Take a walk with her
  • Let her sleep
  • Get support and give yourself a break when needed, too

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