This New York Times article, To Help Children Sleep, Go Dark, describes the strong impact between light and levels of melatonin in children. It suggests keeping lights dim in the evening for everyone in the household.
A Description of new motherhood emotions by Jennifer Legra on Scary Mommy:
So, now that we were both excruciatingly tired, now that I hadn’t showered or gotten dressed and felt terrible about myself, now that my emotions were on the verge of severe-risk-of-terrorist-attack red, now that baby had replaced my husband with my full attention and definitely all of my patience, now that I hadn’t left the house or seen people besides my husband (making him my only adult connection to the outside world), now that he was the only real person who knew everything I was going through (making him both my best friend and my enemy), I hated him. Because who else was I going to hate? No one else was around.
Headspace is a useful website for guided meditations. They have an app that can easily be downloaded on your phone so you can start to learn the basics of meditation. Click here for a series on pregnancy.
Image created by Molly McIntyre for the #speakthesecret project at The Postpartum Stress Center
"Postpartum depression (PPD) has been highlighted regularly in recent years, and to the benefit of pregnant women. Now moms-to-be are guaranteed to get an informational pamphlet and their doctors will conduct regular screenings. Unfortunately, this is not the case for postpartum anxiety (PPA). Although it's starting to get more attention, there's more work to be done to prepare expectant mothers."
by Kimmie Fink, Romper
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