When we feel down, we are less likely to socialize. But not having contact with people can take away from us a good source of support, and we become more depressed. When we feel more depressed, we do even fewer things with people. This cycle continues until we are so depressed that we spend much of our time feeling alone.
We can break the cycle and improve our mood by increasing our pleasant activities and changing the way that we think, and also by either reducing negative or harmful contacts with others or increasing positive or helpful contacts with others. Our relationships with other people affect our mood and might also affect our baby’s mood.