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Little do we know during pregnancy that almost every waking minute immediately postpartum will be filled with baby-related tasks.This unexpected feeling of loneliness is common. There are some ideas to help.
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Little do we know during pregnancy that almost every waking minute immediately postpartum will be filled with baby-related tasks. All of our best laid plans during our “time off”—organize closets, decorate the baby’s room, paint the guest room, go out to lunch with friends and coworkers, etc.—have gone awry. Where has all the time gone? Most “still-at-home” parents, especially if their partner has returned to work, will admit that the excitement of the first few weeks is inevitably replaced with sleep deprivation and “cabin fever.”
This unexpected feeling of loneliness is frequently discussed in my “Baby and Me” Drop-in groups. Here are some ideas offered by experienced moms:
Being a new parent, while thrilling, means adapting to many changes. When we are told by well-meaning friends and acquaintances to “relish this time,” we can sometimes feel that there is something wrong with us because we feel so stressed. Perhaps our friends have forgotten about how challenging these sleep-deprived months can be. Take care of yourself by trying a Baby and Me! group at Parents Place!
You can read more about the Parents Place First Years Program here or address questions to CherieZT@JFCS.org.
Cherie Tannenbaum, NP, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant, parent educator, and First-Year Program Coordinator at Parents Place on the Peninsula. http://parentsplaceonline.org
Parents Place is the Bay Area's leading family resource center. From everyday issues to challenges requiring specialized assessment and intervention, Parents Place helps parents, caregivers, and educators support children at all ages. Parents Place professionals offer parenting workshops, parent coaching and consultation, child behavior and school support, clinical and special needs services, parent/child activity groups, and child and family therapy. Join the Parents Place community online or in San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. Parents Place is a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and serves families of all faiths. For more information, visit www.parentsplaceonline.com.
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