Can postpartum depression be prevented?

Here are some tips that can help prevent, or help you cope with postpartum depression:

  • Be realistic about your expectations for yourself and your baby
  • Limit visitors when you first go home
  • Ask for help -- let others know how they can help you
  • Sleep or rest when your baby sleeps
  • Exercise; take a walk and get out of the house for a break
  • Screen your phone calls
  • Follow a sensible diet; avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Keep in touch with your family and friends -- do not isolate yourself
  • Foster your relationship with your partner -- make time for each other
  • Expect some good days and some bad days

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