To prevent postpartum depression (PPD), it's important to have a strong support system in place throughout pregnancy and after childbirth. Though it's impossible to predict how a woman's body will be affected by childbirth, educating yourself on the symptoms, and paying close attention to your body is essential. It's also important to make sure your body is properly nourished throughout your pregnancy, so you're getting the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep both you and your baby healthy.
If you can, join a support group for new mothers, so you can get support from others who know what you're going through. Create open lines of communication with your partner and family, so you can ask for help if you need it.
And even though you may feel guilty about spending time away from your baby, it's absolutely essential to carve out some time for sleep, exercise, and self-care, even if that means a quick 15 minutes to enjoy a bubble bath, a cup of tea, or a meditation session. Mothers work hard and definitely need a break now and then to maintain physical and mental health.
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