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Postpartum ( Part 3): Smooth Transition, Support Contact Numbers

Updated: Jan 3

After having a new baby, things can be hard. Emotional, physical, financial and familial changes are taking place and it’s normal to feel tired, overwhelmed, scared, nervous or sad. Commonly it takes up to two weeks after the birth for your brain and body to get into a rhythm of caring for yourself and your newborn. Having a baby comes with a lot of expectations (of you, spouse, baby, schedule, family, friends) and it takes time for us to adjust those expectations to reality. We must mention that up to 10% of fathers suffer from postpartum mood disorders and they may need help too. When it’s more than just the “Baby Blues”?

Should You Seek Help?

If after 2-3 weeks after the birth if you experience any of the following, it’s time to involve someone to help you out.

  • Feeling intensely irritable

  • Feeling intensely anxious

  • Severe fatigue or tiredness

  • Unable to communicate

  • Crying inconsolably

  • Not feeling the need to sleep

  • Not being able to sleep

  • Not wanting to eat or

  • losing lots of weight

  • Unable to respond to the baby’s crying

  • Very often changing or bathing the baby without need

  • Feeling isolated or alone

  • Not wanting to socialize

  • Feeling worthless

  • Having guilty feelings

  • Unable to focus or perform activities of daily life

  • Bizarre or unexplained thoughts or behavior

  • Frequent mood swings

  • Trouble with memory

Seek medical emergency help . Please go directly to the closest medical center or Emergency Room.

  • Thoughts of harming yourself

  • Thoughts of harming the baby

You can take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression quiz here: Where to Turn to?

Beit Shemesh locals, check out this list of postpartum professionals waiting to help you out!

If you currently have any of the symptoms above after 2 weeks postpartum, please contact someone for support. You can choose from the following:

⧫Your Primary Care Physician will give you physical exam and perhaps a referral to a Kupa therapist or social worker. ⧫The Israel center of Maternal Health ⧫To find English speaking practitioners throughout Israel ⧫Beit Shemesh Residents can contact the municipal welfare office (Revacha) 02-990-9829. ⧫Your Tipat Chalav nurse will also be able to find you help 02-991-7506. Sheera Sherman, Social Worker and Massage Therapist 050-723-3397 ⧫Shaina Hammer, Social Worker specializing in postpartum mood disorders and birth trauma 058-582-1916 ⧫Aviva Barnet Psychotherapist 052-886-8293 Feel like you are on the edge? If you're not feeling awful, but not feeling great either, check out the following tips to help you return to yourself. Prevention better than cure!

Before Giving Birth Register for Placenta Encapsulation

Up to 50% of women who experience a postpartum mood disorder have symptoms during pregnancy. If you notice some of these tendencies in yourself before even giving birth think and check out on Placenta encapsulation. It might be your answer. Learn more.

Feel free to share our Postpartum blogs If you think that someone you know is experiencing more than normal challenges adjusting to motherhood / fatherhood .

Esther Hornstein is a New York State licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in acupuncture.

In her Therapeutic Holistic approach, she addresses Pediatric ailments, Men & Women’s health, Pain management and overall Wellness.

Her private practice is in Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel.

To make an appointment you may:

call or WhatsApp : 054-719-9600

e-mail :

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