How to Prep for Your Maternal Mental Wellness Before Baby Comes Home

We’re willing to bet you’ve gone above and beyond to prepare for baby’s arrival—from decorating an Insta-worthy nursery to mapping out your birth plan. But planning for your own maternal mental wellness during the first 12 weeks after the baby is born, also known as the fourth trimester, deserves a priority spot on your prebaby checklist, too. For all new parents, this major life transition calls for plenty of support and self-care. We asked Kristina M. Deligiannidis, MD, director of Women’s Behavioral Health at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health, to answer some common questions about maternal mental health and wellness and share how moms can prepare for the fourth trimester and beyond. Click on the audio icons below to hear her advice for new moms during this exciting, yet sometimes challenging, time.

It’s so important to prioritize your mental health during this major life change. Start by creating your own mental wellness plan with Check on Mom and set up your mom support team today. This program does not replace having discussions with a healthcare provider, who is the best resource for individual medical advice.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to be, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnoses and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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