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POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION INFORMATION AND FACTSHEET

• YOU ARE NOT ALONE. PPD affects up to 20% of new mothers anytime in the first year after delivery.

• YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME. PPD can affect any new mother regardless of age, race, income, education and/or marital status.

• YOU CAN FEEL BETTER WITH HELP. PPD can be treated with self-help techniques, social support, counseling and medication when necessary.

WOMEN EXPERIENCING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION MAY SAY: “This is supposed to be the happiest time in my life…why am I so miserable?” “I love my child, but I hate my life” “My marriage cannot survive this” “I feel like the worst mother in the world” “Why can’t I ‘snap out of it’?” “I can’t take it anymore!” “Why am I such a failure?”

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS A new mother experiencing postpartum depression might have one or more of the following symptoms:

• Feel sad, hopeless, overwhelmed

• Feel anxious or panicky

• Regret having a baby

• Have trouble sleeping, even when baby sleeps

• Think her family would be better off without her

• Fear leaving the house or being alone

• Isolate herself from friends and family

• Have unexplained anger or irritability

• Fear she might harm herself or her baby

• Have trouble coping with daily tasks

• Have difficulty concentrating or making simple decisions

• Feel “out of control”

• Feel guilty for feeling this way

Experiencing three or more of these symptoms, especially if they last for more than two weeks, could indicate postpartum depression. Talk to your doctor or your child’s pediatrician.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a real illness caused by changes in biology, psychology, environment and hormones. PPD is the most common complication of childbirth.

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP WWW.POSTPARTUM.NET POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL (PSI) is the world’s leading organization in advocating, educating, and providing support for women experiencing postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. PSI volunteers offer support, encouragement, information, and local resources. PSI’s website includes state-by-state listings of volunteers who provide one-on-one support (via telephone and email) and group support. FIT4MOM® AND POSTPARTUM SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL are partnering to address postpartum depression. Both groups have a nationwide network, have frequent interaction with new mothers, understand the transition to motherhood can be challenging, and are able to provide social support.

As the thermostat indicates, summer is here! As the temperature rises it is important that you do all you can to take care of yourself and your little one(s) by staying hydrated and cool. Here's some tips we've learned from some of our existing Stroller Strides franchisees:

  • Drink extra water before, during and after your workout. Add in a little Gatorade or other electrolyte drink if needed.
  • Eat a sensible breakfast before class.
  • O2 cool Flexi Clip Fan is great for clipping on to your stroller! It's battery operated and with foam fan blades you don't have to worry about your little one getting hurt! They have some great products and will def he you beat the heat!
  • O2 cool fan even sells misting fans. Great to spray the little one or your self to cool off! You can purchase O2 cool fan products on www.amazon.com
  • A bag of frozen veggies or even a chillow can help keep baby cool, especially those still in the infant car seat carrier.
  • Listen to your body! If you feel you're getting overheated alert your instructor and stop to take a rest. Don't be embarassed or try and push through.

Remember that we need to take care of our bodies so we can take care of our little ones!

Let's have a great summer and enjoy all the fun it has to offer but stay safe!