New Mom Worries

1. Crying

Although a baby's constant crying might alarm you, it's important to remember that crying in newborns and infants is normal. "Children under age one cry for many reasons: hunger, sleep, dirty diapers, and being over or under stimulated," explains Michelle Haley, M.D., pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. "And parents should realize that crying will not hurt an infant."

Dr. Haley also points out that a baby who cries a lot is not an indication of poor parenting skills — some babies simply cry more than others. Erika Landau, M.D., co-author of The Essential Guide to Baby's First Year, agrees. "If you respond immediately and the crying stops, there is no reason to worry."

If your infant is inconsolable, you may want to ask your pediatrician about colic. "Colic is usually a symptom of pain in the gut, so the task is to determine what is causing the stomach issues," says Bob Sears, M.D., co-author of The Portable Pediatrician. "The two most common causes of colic are allergy to cow's milk protein and a sensitivity to milk sugar called transient lactase deficiency."

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4) Avoid sugar, alcohol, (and caffeine maybe but I know you need it)

These things absolutely contribute to anxiety. There is no doubt that some of the root causes of anxiety can be diet related – because they are hormone related, and diet affects our hormones. And what just happened to you?

Hormone waterfall. That’s what.

So in this particular case – postpartum anxiety – I am more confident than ever that diet could be a factor in helping to heal your anxiety. 

7. Listening to Others

It seems as though everyone wants to add in her two cents about how to take care of your baby. Although you might actually hear some good advice, some of it might have you doubting your abilities as a mom. "Don't worry about what everyone else thinks about your parenting style," Schweikert says. "You're the mom and you get to decide what's best for you and your child."

The same goes for heeding advice in parenting books. Books are excellent resources to learn what's normal and what's outside the norm, says Holly Klaassen, editor of The Fussy Baby Site. "But every baby is unique, and what works for one baby may not work for the next. Moms shouldn't feel guilty for doing what works, and what they feel good about — even if it goes against the mainstream."

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