Postpartum Depression

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.

New mothers should be regularly screened for postpartum depression.

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.

Postpartum Depression

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:

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!

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