Healthy Mind & Relationships

A healthy mind and healthy relationships are important parts of a healthy life. To reduce stress and other negative feelings after pregnancy, you should:

  • Stop smoking, drinking and taking illegal drugs
  • Build strong relationships with your partner, family, and friends
  • Practice mental wellness and give yourself chances to de-stress

Postpartum Mental Health

Postpartum depression (also called PPD) is strong feelings of sadness that last for a long time. About one out of every seven women get this kind of depression after having a baby. These feelings often start one to three weeks after giving birth, and can make it hard for you to take care of your baby.

If you would like additional information on post partum depression, see list of resources under More Information.

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Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence

If your partner tries to control you, threatens you, or hurts you in any way, these are signs of an unhealthy relationship. An unhealthy or violent relationship is bad for you and the health of your baby.

If you think you are in an unhealthy relationship, you may feel scared, trapped or guilty, but it’s not your fault. Please seek help now.

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Support Networks

New parents don’t have to raise their babies alone. Family and friends can take some pressure off by helping with newborn-related tasks. Also, many communities have programs and support networks for you and other new parents in your area.

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Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are built on respect, trust, and support. In a healthy relationship, you should be able to talk about problems, share your thoughts, be yourself, and feel safe — always.

Healthy relationship are a key to your overall health, whether or not you are pregnant or a new mother. Personal support from your partner, family, friends, and others can make you feel better about yourself and improve your health.


Parenting Care and Skill Development

As a new mom, there is a lot to learn about taking care of your new baby. You can ask for help, both at the hospital and at home.

Resources are available to help you learn how to bathe, dress, and calm your baby. Don’t worry about learning everything right away. Enjoy your time with your baby as you practice new parenting skills.