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How to Prevent Mental and Physical Stress from “New Mom” Overload

The stress of adulthood alone can oftentimes feel unbearable. Adding a child to the equation, while undeniably fulfilling, can lead to even greater stress. Particularly, being a new mother is often a battle, leaving women tired and strained. The mounting pressure and responsibility is enough to push us toward a “life overload” of sorts. But mental and physical stress – all part of “New Mom” Overload – can be alleviated with some good advice.

That’s why Life & Living with Joanna Gagis show host Joanna Gagis spoke to Diane Schwartz, MD. Schwartz is an internist at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. She says that life overload can cause physical and mental health challenges for mothers. She also believes seeing a primary care physician regularly can help.

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Schwartz is a resident doctor in internal medicine at Englewood Hospital. She specializes in understanding all of a person’s internal body organs that function to keep you healthy. Her patients consist of primary care patients from youth through adulthood.

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This video was made possible thanks to The North Ward Center.

In truth, countless adults forgo seeing a doctor for many years at a time. Though this can be a problem for everyone, women are at greater risk if they do not regularly see a primary care physician.

“Women’s health, unfortunately, for the patient who’s not using a primary care physician, is more than just our reproductive organs,” said Schwartz. “We have many other health issues that can come up, and we need to address them as they arise.”

It’s no surprise that a person’s physical and mental health are linked. In the high-stress society we currently find ourselves in, that’s a problem for those who rarely see their doctors.

“I think the big problem is partially that this society itself puts extra pressures on us, but we put the pressure on ourself,” Schwartz explained. “We expect to be fantastic at all the things that we do; want to have a job and be great at it. We want to be the best moms we can be, and have these fantastic birthday parties for our children.”

Schwartz explains that many mothers can be “chronic overachievers,” which can adversely affect their health; however, simple adjustments can help manage mental and physical stress.

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