Before you have your baby is an excellent time to ward off the baby blues and postpartum depression. There's no guarantee, because research is unclear about what exactly causes depression after a baby arrives, but what plenty of research does show is that the following tips can help prevent after-baby depression.
Make some mama-time: Mamas who take care of themselves first are in a much better place when it comes to caring for their baby. Set aside 15-20 mins of you time each day (to get in the habit) then keep up with that after your baby arrives. Get some support for after the birth: A postpartum doula, your own mama, or a cool friend can seriously help ease the pressure. Turn some of that baby care over and make sure your partner is involved as well. Make mama pals: A mama with pals is in a very good space indeed. Other mamas help you to feel like what you're going through is normal and can help you out with baby care and mama tips. Plus it's fun to hang with other mamas and babies. Know your limits and lower expectations: No parent is perfect. Not a one. If you think raising a baby should look a certain way, or feel a specific way, you're going to be disappointed. All babies are different and some mamas do have trouble getting the hang of parenting tasks, breastfeeding, the wacky schedules, and more. Trust me, trying your best to be a good parent, even if you don't always think you succeed, is way more than good enough.