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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