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Helping Children Understand Suggestions on Communicating With Older Children About Pregnancy-Related Depression

  • Use simple and descriptive words like sad, cranky, tired, weak, worried, or grouchy.
  • Reassure them often that they did not cause the problem.
  • Let them know that this is not the kind of illness caused by germs. She did not catch it from anyone.
  • Let the children know that mom is getting help and will get better soon.
  • Let them know that mom may have some good and some bad times as she recovers.
  • Ask the children how they can help mom to feel better - like drawing a pretty picture.  

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