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You and Your Baby -- Week 6

The Great Debate -- Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

The environmental debate is roaring on this question. Disposable diapers are said to be filling up our landfills at an alarming rate and are filled with chemicals and slow-to-decompose materials. Cloth diapers require an enormous amount of water, energy, and detergents to wash and re-wash.
 
Ease-of-use is another part of the debate that is hotly contested on both sides. You would guess that advocates for disposable diapers would win this argument faster than it takes to throw a dirty diaper in the trash. However, cloth diapers have made huge strides in recent years to become an easy option for environmentally conscientious parents.
 

Understanding Postpartum Depression

After giving birth, up to 15 out of 100 women experience postpartum depression. Symptoms of this condition can include:
 
  • Strong feelings of depression, anger, doubt, guilt, or helplessness that seem to get worse over time
  • An inability to care for yourself or your baby
  • A change in appetite
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Being intensely worried or concerned about the baby
  • Having little or no interest in the baby
  • Thoughts of suicide.
     
Some women feel better within a few weeks, but others may experience any combination of some or all of these symptoms for months. Postpartum depression varies for each woman.
 
If you are still experiencing any of these symptoms and have not yet reached out for help, please consider doing so now. If it was mild enough to go away on its own, it would have done so by now. There is no shame involved. Speak with your healthcare provider or midwife. Let them know how you are feeling. They are there to help.
 
(Click Postpartum Depression Causes to learn more about this condition.)
 
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