CLEMMONS, N.C. — “You’re just so in love with your little baby,” gushed new mom Morgan Reitzel about her 3½-week-old baby Raley Jay. “You can’t stop looking at her, you fall in love with your baby and your husband more.”
There’s nothing quite like it. Seeing your baby’s sweet smile and flooded with so much love for her. But along with the “life is so great” feelings, comes much less sleep, lots of wildly fluctuating hormones and loads of new, often taxing responsibilities. The Reitzels make it all look and sound so easy, but for other new moms and dads, life after baby is far more challenging.
Dr. Thomas Valaoras is a longtime local OB/GYN with Novant Health. He hears how tough things can become quickly. “I hear that they can’t connect with their partner anymore, that they’re depressed, they just can get into the swing of things because they’re so sleep deprived. It’s important to know that new parents need support. From each other and from others. They should know that their doctors want to truly hear how they’re doing.”
Dr. Valaoras is hosting a seminar tonight for new moms and dads, called “Rekindling the Romance” at Novant Health Conference Center at 6 p.m. It’s free and includes dinner.