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Baby's 1st Year Videos: Baby Blues

Half of all new moms go through a difficult time known as the postpartum blues. This stage of feeling low or sad usually passes in a few weeks as your body mends and you get a handle on your baby's demands. Feel free to accept help from other family members and friends, and get as much rest as you can.

A smaller group of new moms, however, may need more help. The most serious postpartum depression affects somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of women. If you experience even a few of the following symptoms, talk to your partner and your doctor to get help: feeling restless or irritable, feeling sad, hopeless and overwhelmed, crying a lot, having no interest in the baby, eating too little or too much, can't sleep even when you're tired, feeling worthless and guilty, withdrawing from friends and family, having no energy or motivation. Remember -- the sooner you seek help the faster you can get on the road to getting well and enjoying your new baby and your new role.

More Baby's First Year Videos
Baby's Development
Baby's Early Reflexes
Baby's First Checkup
Breastfeeding -- Latching On
Breastfeeding -- Positions
Caring for Cradle Cap and Baby Acne
Caring for the Umbilical Cord
Creating a Bond with Sibling
Installing a Car Seat
Picking Up Your Baby
Leaving the Hospital
Recovery For New Moms
Helping Baby Be a Good Sleeper
Using a Thermometer
Changing a Diaper
Diaper Rash