Postpartum Depression & Anxiety

PMAD Insights

for spouses and partners

Taking Care of Yourself

One parent’s PMAD affects everyone in the family including the spouse or partner. It’s essential to practice good self-care in order to stay healthy and be available for your partner and children. Here are some suggestions:

  • Be kind to yourself by setting reasonable expectations.
  • Ask for help, information and support for yourself.
  • Develop a supportive circle for your family. Say yes when others offer to help.
  • Realize helping her/him adjust to the new baby may increase the strength of your relationship.
  • Take time for yourselves other than at work. Continue to follow some of your own interests.
  • Be aware of your own needs for sleep, healthy eating, exercise, etc.
  • Keep the lines of communication open between you.
  • Verbalize your feelings instead of distancing from her/him.
  • Take a break if tempers are hot and resume discussion later.
  • Find someone to talk to besides your partner.
  • Do not blame yourself.
  • Do not try to fix this alone.