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AFTER PREGNANCY

Breastfeeding


How can I prepare for breastfeeding?

When it comes to breastfeeding, preparation is the key. Talk with family and friends who have successfully breastfed. Check out breastfeeding books at your local library. And definitely sign up to take a breastfeeding class at a local hospital, taught by a certified lactation consultant. During this class you will learn breastfeeding basics, tips and techniques, and do's and don'ts. With hands-on instruction you will be exposed to different holding techniques, basic nipple and breast care, how to store breast milk, ways to determine if your infant is getting enough milk, and how and when to use a breast pump. You'll learn what to do if problems should arise, and know when it is necessary to call your doctor or the pediatrician.


Another Pregnancy


How long should I wait before having another baby?

The optimum length of time between pregnancies appears to be 18 to 23 months.
Women who conceive less than 18 months or greater than 23 months after a previous delivery (vaginal or cesarean) seem to be at increased risk for delivering a preterm or a low birth weight infant. Conceiving less than 6 months or greater than 50 months after a previous delivery appears to increase the risk for both fetal and early neonatal death.


How long after giving birth does my period start again?

Most women get their period two to three months after giving birth. However, each woman is different and there is no specific time when your period should start. It can take from one week, up to a year for your body to regulate and start your menstrual cycle again. If you are breast feeding, it will usually take you longer to restart your period than women who are not breast feeding.

Postpartum Depression


What is the difference between “baby blues,”postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis?

The baby blues can happen in the days right after childbirth and normally go away within a few days to a week. A new mother can have sudden mood swings, sadness, crying spells, loss of appetite, sleeping problems, and feel irritable, restless, anxious, and lonely. Symptoms are not severe and treatment isn’t needed. But there are things you can do to feel better. Nap when the baby does. Ask for help from your spouse, family members, and friends. Join a support group of new moms or talk with other moms.
Postpartum depression can happen anytime within the first year after childbirth. A woman may have a number of symptoms such as sadness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, anxiety, and feelings of guilt and worthlessness. The difference between postpartum depression and the baby blues is that postpartum depression often affects a woman’s well-being and keeps her from functioning well for a longer period of time. Postpartum depression needs to be treated by a doctor. Counseling, support groups, and medicines are things that can help.

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