Postpartum Depression

Kids don’t come with instructions!  Becoming a new parent can be very overwhelming.  Having a baby is a major life change. After having a baby, many women may feel depressed, have a hard time concentrating, lose their appetite or find that they can’t sleep well. These symptoms, sometimes called “Baby Blues”, usually start about 3 to 4 days after delivery and may last several days. However, some women have more severe symptoms that last longer than a few days. Postpartum Depression (PPD) can affect any woman who: is pregnant, recently had a baby, had a miscarriage, ended a pregnancy or stopped breastfeeding.

  • Postpartum Depression (PPD) affects up to 4,500 women per year in our region.
  • PPD will not last forever and it can be treated.
  • PPD is real. And there is help available for you.

Take the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen Survey

PPD can also happen to fathers!

PPD warning signs differ and may appear days, weeks or even months after a pregnancy or birth. They may include:

  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Eating much more or less than normal
  • Feeling irritable, angry, nervous or exhausted
  • Lack of interest in baby, friends, and family
  • Low or no sex drive
  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or hopeless
  • Crying a lot
  • Feelings of being a bad mother
  • Low energy or trouble concentrating
  • Thoughts of harming the baby yourself or others.

What kind of help is available?
Usually women who experience PPD need a combination of counseling, group support and medication. Sometimes talking with other women who have experienced the same thing is the best treatment of all!

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