October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that means you have the opportunity to support women and families affected by breast cancer. Perhaps you yourself are affected by breast cancer or you know someone close to you who is. Perhaps you don’t know anyone with breast cancer but you would still like to be an advocate. Whatever the scenario, there are plenty of ways for you to show support and get involved with your local community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Having a baby can be a stressful time for a lot of new mothers. After giving birth, most women will experience changes in mood on top of the added stressors of caring for a newborn baby. About half of all women will have the “baby blues” after going through labor. This phenomenon is marked by feelings of sadness, bouts of crying and anxiety that usually subside after a week or two of giving birth. However, some women experience more significant changes that can last much longer and interfere with their daily lives. These symptoms can drastically affect a woman’s mental health and make it more difficult to care for her baby. Luckily, post-partum stress can be effectively managed by seeking treatment and engaging in self-care practices.