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Postpartum anxiety: why so hush-hush?

Postpartum anxiety: why so hush-hush?

Awareness seems to be rising for postpartum depression. But that isn’t the only mood disorder affecting women in the postpartum period. Less discussed is postpartum anxiety. According to Postpartum Support International (PSI), about 6% of pregnant women and 10% of postpartum women face anxiety. This may also be coupled with depression. Postpartum panic disorder and postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder are forms of anxiety some women may face. Yet there is so little coverage of postpartum anxiety and many women feel uncomfortable sharing…

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Paid maternity leave associated with reduced infant deaths

Paid maternity leave associated with reduced infant deaths

It’s already been demonstrated by studies that paid maternity leave in affluent countries has benefits including¬†reduced neonatal and infant mortality. Previous research has also demonstrated that paid maternity leave has been connected to improved outcomes for mothers and babies including lower rates of postpartum depression, more successful breastfeeding, and higher compliance with routine checkups and immunizations for baby. A new study examined effects of paid maternity leave in middle to low income countries. They found that there, too, paid maternity…

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The journey back from postpartum PTSD

The journey back from postpartum PTSD

While more attention is (finally) being paid to mothers with postpartum depression, there is much less awareness among other postpartum disorders. While less common than postpartum depression, postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also take a severe toll on new moms. A survey by Harris Interactive for Childbirth Connection, a nonprofit maternity-care organization, showed that of more than 900 U.S. mothers surveyed, 9% screened positive for meeting all of the formal criteria for PTSD set out in the Diagnostic…

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Dealing with the post pregnancy body

Dealing with the post pregnancy body

Many new moms struggle with the many changes to their body in the postpartum period. Among those changes, some have trouble dealing with losing their pregnancy weight again after the birth of baby. It’s important to remember that it takes time to lose that weight and to be gentle with your body in the postpartum period. But it’s important for moms who are looking for information on weight loss to get appropriate information specifically geared to the postpartum period. The…

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