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How to Beat the Baby Blues

You’ve come home from the hospital with your bundle of joy, and you’re over the moon...except when you’re not. Welcome to the “baby blues,” a totally normal, usually short-lived period of days or weeks when your mood may ebb and flow in less time than it takes your baby to dirty a diaper.

“Having a baby is a huge change in your life,” says Dr. Laura Goetzl, a maternal fetal medicine specialist and OB-GYN at Temple University in Philadelphia.

“It’s normal for people to have mostly happy emotions, but also mixed emotions” during the heady first weeks of motherhood. Read on for 10 ways to beat the baby blues and joyfully begin your new life as a mom.