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My baby is two weeks old. I didn’t expect this to be so hard! How did you make it through?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: The first month is terribly difficult. Embrace the fact that you will not sleep through the night for a LOOOOOOONNNGG time. 

When my son was first born, my husband wrote “It gets better” on Post-It Notes and placed them all around out house This was so helpful to remind me that was a light at the end of the tunnel.

The first month was the hardest for me because it’s such an adjustment. After that, I think it gets easier—or at least you get used to the exhaustion!

Silvana Ribaudo, MD, a mom of two and an assistant clinical professor at the Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and at ColumbiaDoctors Eastside, both in New York City

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