Caring for Yourself
As working moms it’s sometimes hard to make time for ourselves but it is really important that we do. Check out this brochure from the University of Connecticut about caring for yourself.
There are many gyms offering Mommy & Me classes if you can’t find the time to work out alone or if you simply prefer having your baby/child with you. My-fit-mommy is just one of many stroller fitness classes. Finding the time to fit in exercise (even if it’s just 15 minutes a day) will help you relieve stress and will leave you feeling more able to balance your work & family life. Perhaps the easiest/cheapest way to get in a workout is to strap on your walking/running shoes and head out your front door.
Having a baby, taking care of a toddler and navigating the teenage years can be very difficult. If you are feeling down or overwhelmed you might want to consider finding a psychologist to speak with. There is no shame in seeing a mental health provider – in fact, everybody can benefit from it! If you have health insurance browse your provider directory and call around to a few. You may need to see a few people before finding someone who is the right fit for you, and that’s ok.
Are you afraid you might have postpartum depression? You are NOT alone. One in eight new moms have postpartum depression. Contact your doctor right away.
What is postpartum depression?
After having a new baby it is common for women to feel down or sad. This is often called the “Baby Blues.” Most of the time, the baby blues go away soon after the baby is born. If the baby blues don’t go away after 2 or 3 weeks, this is called postpartum depression and may need treatment. There is no reason to feel embarrassed or afraid to talk to your doctor about postpartum depression.