Feeling Frazzled, Mama? 15 Ways to Combat New-Mom Stress

While you can't take as many naps as baby does during the day, here are some easy (and relaxing) ways to combat new mom stress (16 Photos)

Debbi Donovan IBCLC and Erika Rasmusson Janes on Jan 23, 2012 at 4:32PM

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Feeling Frazzled, Mama? 15 Ways to Combat New-Mom Stress

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Laugh a Little

No joke -- laughing stimulates the body to produce hormones that cause the brain to release stress-reducing endorphins. So when you need to de-stress, we suggest you pop Bridesmaids into the DVD player, sit back and laugh your way to a better mood. If you've only got a minute (or are too sleep-deprived to stay awake for an entire movie), know that even smiling causes your body chemistry to change for the better, helping to create a happier mood. (We recommend mom Amber Dusick's blog "Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures." It always makes us laugh!)

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