Baby Basics for New Dads, Part 2
6 more important tips every father should know
Finally, though new parenting is thrilling and exciting, you may find that your joy at the birth of your child is suddenly tempered by irritability, anxiety, tearfulness, or unexplainable “down” feelings on your partner’s part. If that’s the case, your baby’s mom may be going through the “Baby Blues,” a biological response to the rapidly changing hormone levels which follow the birth of a child, and which affects between 50 and 75 percent of all moms after the birth of a baby. Often, joining a support group or talking to other moms can help a new mother alleviate and overcome those feelings. Your encouragement and loving support at this time is invaluable.
Though the baby blues are generally short-lived and may not always require treatment from a health-care provider, postpartum depression is another matter and can become very serious if not treated. If you suspect that your partner may be suffering from either condition, talk to your healthcare provider right away.
The miraculous advent of a baby is perhaps the biggest and happiest event in an adult’s life, and the most crucially binding experience a couple can experience together. As you and your partner embark on your new roles in life, laying the groundwork now for a relationship of love, support, and mutual ongoing help will cement your relationship for years to come. Ultimately, isn’t this the best gift you can give your child?
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