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Between feedings, diaper changes, holding, swaying and rocking, it can be easy to get caught up in the demands of parenthood — leaving little time to attend to your own individual needs.

It’s not uncommon for new parents to feel sad, anxious, overwhelmed or depressed during the baby’s first year of life. Whether it’s a mild spell of the baby blues or a more serious case of postpartum depression, also known as PPD, there are local resources that can help you get back on track. 

One of the best things you can do to help your baby grow and thrive is to take care of yourself. Staying healthy physically, learning how to deal with stress, making time for yourself, and having good relationships with friends and family members will help you survive — and thrive — during your baby’s first year.