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New Baby, Mom on Emotional Roller-coaster

By Jodie Lynn
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QUESTION:

My wife just gave birth to our son around six weeks ago. Her roller coaster emotions fluctuate so much that I can't keep up and have problems knowing what to say when so I don't upset her. Can you help with subjects like what to say about pain, sleep, breastfeeding, her appearance and sex to keep me out of the doghouse?

ANSWER FROM READER:

Take it from someone who has gone through this five times... just nod your head yes and agree with her about everything. Hopefully, this roller coaster will soon pass. If she isn't better in two months, she may be experiencing postpartum and will need to talk to her doctor about what to do. - T. J. in Dallas, TX

FROM JODIE:

The pain and soreness is very real, so never think it isn't. Although she is well on her way to normalcy, for some women it's harder to recover than for others, especially if it was hard labor, a difficult delivery, involved more than one baby or required a C-section. When your wife says she hurts... that's exactly what she means. And, yes, she is pretty much exhausted and could use several nights or even days of solid, undisturbed sleep. However, with a new baby in the house, that's almost impossible. For now, it would probably be best if you did not mention the topic of sex. This is the last thing on her mind. Do as much as you can to help her with your new son and in time, she will bring up the subject. As far as her appearance is concerned, just getting through a twenty-four hour period without feeling like an overweight, disheveled, emotional wreck would be delightful. But that's not going to happen anytime soon. Of course, you cannot help with breastfeeding, but if you enjoy cooking in any way, fashion or form, preparing the meals would be greatly appreciated. Pick up the slack with any and all assorted household tasks you can think of: cleaning up after meals, doing the laundry, straightening up the house, grocery shopping, etc. Furthermore, put any apprehensive feelings you may be wrestling with aside; things can be discussed and gone over once things have steadied a bit. The reduction in stress will be greatly appreciated and allow her to feel more rested, contributing to better breastfeeding sessions and a speedier return to the regular. Believe me, if you do the best you can and support her while watching your words for anything that could be considered negative, critical, demanding, unjustified complaining and so on, she will notice and love you all the more for it.

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© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including eDiets.com, KeepKidsHealthy.com, ClubMom.com, BabyUniverse.com, CatholicMom.com, MainStreetMom.com and MommiesMagazine.com. Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit www.ParentToParent.com for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.

 

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