The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Observe your first-time-mom friends closely and you may notice two kinds: the frantic ones and the calm ones. Which type do you like to be around, and which type do you want to be?
Of course, even the most Zen new mom gets wigged out at times, but maximizing your mellowness will help both you and your baby. "The time you have with a new baby is so short, and being calm can help you enjoy it as much as possible," says Philadelphia psychologist Deborah Ledley, Ph.D., creator of the website The Calm Mom (thecalmmom.com). "Plus, babies can sense when a mother is stressed and overwhelmed." Here's how to prepare for a peaceful postpartum period.