What Are the Signs of Depression for Parents of Preemies?

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Now that you’ve brought your premature baby home, you may have a little bit more time to adjust to your new situation. But you might be starting to notice that you’re feeling something that might be very close to depression.

Pediatric Home Health Care Nazareth PA - What Are the Signs of Depression for Parents of Preemies?

Pediatric Home Health Care Nazareth PA – What Are the Signs of Depression for Parents of Preemies?

Exhaustion and Overwhelm

Having a new baby is exhausting all on its own, but if you combine that with the needs of a premature baby, your exhaustion reaches new heights. You may also find yourself overwhelmed by even the simplest of decisions. This is often because you’ve already had to make so many decisions about your baby’s care and well-being.

Insomnia and Inability to Stay Asleep

Even as tired as you may feel, insomnia can still be your constant companion. Insomnia can pop up out of nowhere and disappear just as rapidly, but most people find that it sticks around for a while. You’re already exhausted, but now you have trouble falling asleep. Another variety of insomnia causes you to fall asleep, but have trouble staying asleep. This can be even more exhausting because you’re not able to get into all of the different sleep stages.

Appetite Loss

Stress and worry wreak havoc on appetites. Many parents of premature babies find that they lose their appetite frequently. You may also be so busy for so long that by the time you have the time to eat, the idea isn’t appealing at all. One of the solutions you might want to try is having healthy choices on hand that don’t require a lot of preparation so that you’re not put off by the idea of having to cook.

Mood Swings

Because you’re not eating right, you’re not sleeping well, and you’re overwhelmed, you’re more likely to experience wide mood swings. Situations that might have only been a bit of an inconvenience to you at another time may inspire shouting and anger. Or you might find that you’re far more likely to feel teary than you normally would.

Extreme Sadness or Feelings of Worthlessness

Even with mood swings, your underlying feelings may be predominantly sad or even feelings of worthlessness. This can be especially true because being a parent to a premature baby can require so much more than you might have thought originally. It’s difficult to cope when you have convinced yourself that you can’t cope.

Dealing with your depression is crucial right now. Your baby is depending on you, but having access to azarethpediatric home health care for children enables you to take care of yourself. You’re not just a parent, but you’re also a person with your own needs.

If you or a loved one are in need of Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Nazareth PA or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.

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Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager. Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc. Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author