Sunday, 28 Apr 2013
What should I do if I have symptoms?

What should I do if I have symptoms of postpartum Depression?Mom and baby

Call your doctor if:

* Your baby blues don’t go away after 2 weeks
* Symptoms of depression get more and more intense
* Symptoms of depression begin any time after delivery, even many months later
* It is hard for you to perform tasks at work or at home
* You cannot care for yourself or your baby
* You have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Your doctor can ask you questions to test for depression. Your doctor can also refer you to a mental health professional who specializes in treating depression.

Some women don’t tell anyone about their symptoms. They feel embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty about feeling depressed when they are supposed to be happy. They worry they will be viewed as unfit parents.  There is a still a lot of stigma about this illness. 

Any woman may become depressed during pregnancy or after having a baby. It doesn’t mean you are a bad or “not together” mom. You and your baby don’t have to suffer. There is help.

Here are some other helpful tips:

* Rest as much as you can. Sleep when the baby is sleeping.
* Don’t try to do too much or try to be perfect.
* Ask your partner, family, and friends for help.
* Make time to go out, visit friends, or spend time alone with your partner.
* Discuss your feelings with your partner, family, and friends.
* Talk with other mothers so you can learn from their experiences.
* Join a support group. Ask your doctor about groups in your area.
* Don’t make any major life changes during pregnancy or right after giving birth.
Major changes can cause unneeded stress. Sometimes big changes can’t be avoided. When that happens, try to arrange support and help in your new situation ahead of time.