Postpartum Depression

Many new moms experience the “baby blues” during the first days or weeks after delivery. For some women, new motherhood brings with it more intense feelings or postpartum depression.  Symptoms are different for each woman but include:

  • Feelings of disappointment
  • Crying for no known reason
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Mood swings

To help relieve these feelings, do the following:

  • Talk to your partner or a good friend about how you feel.
  • Ask your partner, friends, and family for help.
  • Get out of the house each day, even if it is only for a short while.
  • Join a new mothers' group and share your feelings with the women you meet there.

Changes in hormones after pregnancy may lead to postpartum depression. Most often, the “baby blues” go away without treatment. Postpartum depression can be treated in several ways so talk to your doctor about the options.

About six weeks after delivery, you will have a postpartum visit with your doctor to make sure you are healing well and that you have recovered from pregnancy and birth.

This visit is a good time to share concerns and ask questions about your physical or emotional health, the healing process, breastfeeding, birth control, weight loss, sex, and how you are adjusting to life with your new baby.

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