Maternal Mental Health Complications including PPD

Feeling the baby blues? It is not uncommon to feel a little low after you give birth. Up to 80 percent of new moms experience baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. The baby blues make you weepy, anxious, irritable and sometimes unable to sleep.  1 in 7 women will experience symptoms that get worse and last much longer than two weeks.  This could be pregnancy/postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD or PTSD or postpartum psychosis.  If your symptoms last longer than two weeks or your symptoms are not getting better, speak with your medical care provider.   

New moms need a support system built of people they trust.  Rest and eating well are important self-care behaviors.  So when someone is willing to lend a hand...let them!  But remember,  if your blues have lasted more than two weeks, it's important to speak with your medical provider.

Common Signs of Postpartum Depression and other Maternal Mental Health Complications:

Maternal Mental Health complications can begin anytime during pregnancy and up to one-year after you give birth.

  • Irritability or hypersensitivity
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Crying or tearfulness
  • Anger
  • Negative feelings such as sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, or guilt
  • Scary obsessive thoughts
  • Loss of interest in activities you usually enjoy
  • Difficulty sleeping (especially returning to sleep)
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Changes in appetite or eating habits
  • Headaches, stomachaches, muscle or backaches

If you think you might hurt yourself or your baby, or if you feel incapable of caring- for your newborn, seek professional help immediately.  Click here to register for a Support Group.  

Questions?  Contact Us at 561-623-2800 or send an email to circleofmoms@hmhbpbc.org

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