Postpartum warning signs: When to call your care provider

Another study showed that if a mother intervened within 90 seconds after a baby began to cry, the crying would stop quickly. If she waited longer than that, a prolonged period of calming was often necessary before the crying stopped.

Set Aside Time for Each Other
It's important for you and your partner to talk often about your feelings and needs. A five-minute rule may be helpful: Each evening, one partner takes five minutes to speak about feelings and concerns of the day, while the other partner just listens attentively. After five minutes, reverse the process so each person receives a turn.

For some parents, visualization, meditation and relaxation-breathing techniques help; others prefer physical activity to reduce stress. Relaxation processes such as imagery and self-hypnosis can also help to reduce tension on a daily basis. You can't be relaxed and tense at the same time!

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