Fourth Trimester Overwhelms Moms
Professionals agree: More needs to be done to prepare new moms.
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Gray believes making education a priority in the physician’s office coupled with support services during the “forgotten trimester” would make a positive impact on the lives new moms and their newborns.
One in nine U.S. women will suffer postpartum depression and 70 to 80 percent experience a less-intense “baby blues” period.
- Centers for Disease Control
“Moms are surprised at things such as hair loss, changes in how they carry their weight, skin discoloration, incontinence, and constipation,” said Stephanie Landi, Orlando Health licensed clinical social worker. “They feel that if they were educated on these changes, that they may have been better prepared to handle them both physically and emotionally.”
Landi holds a certificate in Maternal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International.
“Don’t ask a new mom what she needs. Tell her that you’ll do something specific. Tell her you want to drop off dinner on Wednesday night, drop off some freezer meals before or after the baby arrives, or see if she is OK with you coming by one day for a few hours to let her sleep or shower,” Landi said.