Postpartum depression is not uncommon, occurring in many new mothers who develop sadness and anxiety in the days and weeks after having a new baby.
Fortunately, as more and more health care providers have become aware of postpartum depression, it will ensure that you get help if you develop any of these symptoms.
But isn’t it normal to have some mood swings, crying spells, and to be a little overwhelmed when you have a baby?
While most new mothers do have a short period time dealing with the postpartum baby blues, these symptoms are typically temporary, lasting only a few weeks, and are fairly mild.
Symptoms of postpartum depression are more severe and last longer. They might even appear months after you had your baby!
So what do you do if you have postpartum depression?
Know that help is available, including:
- your own health care providers
- online support groups
- the Postpartum Support International Helpline, which can help you find local resources and specialists for treatment
And if possible, get help from your partner, a family member, or close friend to help care for your baby so that you can get as much sleep and rest as possible.
Also know that as your pediatric health care provider, we are always here if you have any concerns about your baby.
Most importantly, know that postpartum depression can be treated!
More on Postpartum Depression
- Texas PSI Support Coordinators
- ACOG – Postpartum Depression FAQs
- Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone
- What is postpartum depression & anxiety?
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- CDC – Depression Treatments
- Moms’ Mental Health Matters
- Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Into Pediatric Practice
- Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, EPDS Quick Tips