Wish We'd Known: What No One Told Us About the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Most moms don't expect to feel down or depressed after giving birth, yet it's suprisingly common. Here's what we wish we'd known about the baby blues and postpartum depression (17 Photos)

Patty Onderko on May 17, 2012 at 7:22PM

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You'll Need Perspective

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a Patty Onderko on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:26PM

If this is your first child, you may feel like that this blur of day and night, tears and breast milk, diapers and burp cloths is your new life forever. You won't believe that your tummy will ever shrink or that you'll ever get to go the gym or go out to dinner with your husband. So let us give you some perspective: This is temporary. Most babies start sleeping for longer stretches of time after a few weeks (with some making it through the night at around four months) and their nap and feeding times become more regular -- which means you can plan ahead and get out of the house. 

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