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Understanding the fourth trimester

It is estimated that up to 20% of new mothers experience postpartum depression, while up to 80% experience “baby blues,” which is a milder form of low mood that usually goes away on its own within a few weeks.

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The fourth trimester is a critical time for a new mother’s mental and emotional health.

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The journey doesn’t stop after birth. During the 12-week period following childbirth (known as the fourth trimester), a new mom juggles adjusting to the demands of feeding and caring for a newborn, sleep deprivation, and their new role as a mother — all while recovering physically.

Modern Minds offers support for new mothers and has tips for coping with mental health issues during this time:

  • Get support: This can come from a partner, family member, or friend, and help with feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  • Take care of yourself: It’s important to prioritize self-care, even if it means asking for help from others. Taking time for yourself can help you recharge and feel more energized.
  • Talk to someone: Talking to a friend, family member, therapist, a support group, or other parents can help normalize the fears and experiences new mothers often have.
  • Seek professional help: If you are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression or anxiety, or are having difficulty coping, it is important to seek professional help by talking to a doctor, therapist, or psychiatrist to develop a treatment plan that works for you.

If you or someone you know could use support, call Modern Minds at 843-531-9036 or visit their website.*

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