In the days just after giving birth, many women experience "baby blues," with symptoms that can include:
- Mood swings
- Crying spells
- Loss of appetite
- Sleeping problems
These symptoms — caused by wildly fluctuating hormones — are completely normal, not severe, and generally go away within a few days to a couple of weeks after birth.
For some women, however, these symptoms are far more intense and persist longer than a few weeks. In this case, the woman may be suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). The difference between PPD and baby blues is that PPD can occur anytime in the year following birth, it affects a woman's well-being and long-term ability to function, and it's a serious disorder that requires medical attention.
Other signs of PPD may include:
- A lack of interest in your new baby
- Thoughts of hurting yourself
- Fear of hurting your baby
If you experience any of the above feelings or have concerns that you may be suffering from PPD, please contact your doctor or midwife immediately. Many options are available to treat PPD such as medication, therapy and support groups.
Postpartum resources and supportBecoming a mother isn't always easy.
If you're struggling to find your sense of self, we encourage you to get support. Visit jennyslight.org for information about postpartum support groups and other resources. These groups are a safe, welcoming space for women to gather and discuss the not-so-easy parts of motherhood.
MOMMIES MATTER POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION GROUP
Mommies Matter is a therapeutic group designed to provide postpartum depression intervention in a group format. This group is intended for women who have recently had a baby (within the past year) and are experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression.
Physician referral is required; please contact your HealthEast clinic if you are interested in attending.