Screening For Depression During And After Pregnancy: A New Recommendation For Moms

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Tackling maternal mental illness for the first time, a government-appointented health panel has recommended that women be screened for depression during pregnancy and after birth. And insurance will cover it. That panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, called for this recommendation after studies showed just how important early identification and treatment can be. Last... Read more

'This Is What 24 Hours Postpartum Looks Like:' Photo Goes Viral

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The first few hours—and days—after you give birth can feel like a blur. Your body's been through hell. You're on an emotional high. It's such an exciting and unfamiliar time. One mom decided to capture everything she was feeling after that first day postpartum. And her message is resonating with thousands. "This is what 24... Read more

Mom Shows Off Her #BadassUndies To Fight Post-Baby Body Shaming

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Some women are eager to get back to their pre-baby exercise routines after giving birth, while it’s not a priority for others. Either way, it’s hard to deny the pressures that many women face practically the minute after that baby arrives. And one woman is fed up with the assumption that weight loss should be... Read more

What Did Hilaria Baldwin Instagram Two Days After Giving Birth?

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Just two days after giving birth to baby Rafael, Hilaria Baldwin bravely went where no mom's gone before (or not many, anyway) -- to her hospital room mirror to take a selfie. Hand on her postbaby bump, Baldwin shared the picture on Instagram to encourage new moms "to accept and love our form... Read more

Could This Epilepsy Drug Cure Postpartum Depression?

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Four new moms suffered from postpartum depression for months, but just days after trying an experimental epilepsy drug, their symptoms were as good as gone. The women were each injected with a dose of SAGE-547, a drug originally created by Sage Therapeutics to treat epileptic seizures. All four mothers had been admitted to the hospital, where they... Read more

4 Things I Wish I Knew to Expect from My Postpartum Body

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I thought I'd prepared for it all. After you've read so many books, articles, blogs, podcast after podcast, YouTube videos, and relentless interrogation of Preggos before me, I figured there would be no surprises. There were. Some, I was ready for, but others, well... you'll see: 1. The Postpartum Bathroom Experience Triple P, I call... Read more

Mom’s Suicide Breaks Our Hearts and Brings Awareness to Postpartum Depression

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Yesterday, our hearts were broken as we learned that a Manhattan mom strapped her 10-month-old son to her chest and leaped out of the window of her apartment building. After falling eight stories to the ground, the only marks baby Keston has to show are several scratches on his face. He was strapped to... Read more

New Study Brings Comfort to New Moms Battling Postpartum Depression

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A new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry reveals that 1 in every 7 women suffer from postpartum depression. The study followed 10,000 women in Pittsburgh for a year and half after giving birth and found that 22% suffered from depression. The women were asked to take part in short telephone... Read more

Skin-to-Skin Contact May Help Moms Fight Postpartum Depression

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Baby's birth involves a few hundred -- no, thousand -- feelings for mom! You're in love, all over again, with a tiny baby you've been growing inside of you; you're nervous; you're suddenly aware that life is just more than sleeping in on Saturdays and a good manicure. But for some moms, baby's birth also... Read more

Dealing With Postpartum Emotions — How I Made It Through

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Tears. Quick changes in mood and demeanor. Teeny, tiny things setting me off... these are some of the ways I've been reacting to the postpartum hormones. After writing the other day on my personal blog regarding postpartum emotions, I wanted to take it one step further and really delve into what is... Read more