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Four Things New Mommies May Not Be Expecting

Congratulations!  You’ve made it through 9-ish long months of planning and  decorating, crazy cravings and frequent doctors visits, baby showers and unpredictable mood swings.  You survived the journey through labor and delivery.  Now, your perfect new arrival fills your heart with love and your life with meaning.  Whether it’s your first or your fifteenth child, you can’t help but marvel at your baby’s every movement, coo and milestone.

For the lucky among us, the picture I paint may be pretty spot on.  For the rest of us, there may have been a few unexpected feelings and experiences mixed in there as well.  As many as 30% of new mothers deal with some degree of post-partum depression or post-partum anxiety.  Though we all do our best to prepare for the major transition to parenthood, many among us may not plan for four major losses that are likely come along with the joy of gaining a new family member.