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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Grammatically Speaking:

"We owe much to our mother tongue. It is through speech and writing that we understand each other and can attend to our needs and differences. If we don't respect and honor the rules of English, we lose our ability to communicate clearly and well. In short, we invite mayhem, misery, madness, and inevitably even more bad things that start with letters other than M."

--Martha Brockenbrough, grammarian and founder, National Grammar Day

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Lessons of motherhood, No. 4: Coping with the baby blues

By Errin Stevenson

January 29, 2008 | So, what are the baby blues? According to webmd, a popular medical site, baby blues symptoms consist of the inability to sleep or sleeping a lot, change in appetite, extreme concern and worry about the baby or a lack of interest or feelings for the baby, feeling unable to love the baby or your family, anger toward the baby, your partner, or other family members, irritability, anxiety or panic attacks and a fear of harming your baby. These thoughts may be obsessive, and you may be afraid to be left alone in the house with your baby.

I have to say to you women out there, being emotional, fatigue and feeling not up to the task is a natural thing after labor. Your body has been through one of the biggest and hardest stages it will go through. So, be easy on yourself, you just had a baby! Relax and don't feel guilty for having a slow start into motherhood. It is okay to feel like you want to crawl into a hole, but it is not okay to feel you don't want to feed your baby.

Baby blues differ for all women. Some women have a really hard time adjusting to the new life of being a mom while others adjust well. According to an article by Christy Oglesby from CNN, 70 percent of women suffer from the "baby blues" for two weeks after giving birth. 10 to 20 percent suffer from postpartum depression and 1 or 2 out of 1000 new moms suffer from psychosis. 70 percent is a high percentile; so if you are suffering from baby blues, don't feel any guilt or sorrow. It is natural for a lot of women to feel the baby blues set in after giving birth.

Ways you can help yourself jump out of the baby blues is finding something you enjoy. As a new mom, I was panicked to take my newborn out. It was hard to decide where I could take my newborn and where I couldn't, but you do have to start sometime. Taking walks, visiting family and friends, or just going out for ice cream seemed to help me during the first few weeks of emotions. Some other suggestions are to go on a date; your baby will sleep a lot and most likely sleep through your whole dinner. I always felt more comfortable with my baby there then in someone's house I didn't know. If you need time for yourself, find a person you know and trust to baby sit your baby and go get a massage or pedicure. Ask your spouse or another child to help you with household duties; it is hard to do everything. Scrapbook, bake or read while your baby naps. Get active and find something that works for you and your baby.


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