Many new moms feel happy one minute and sad the next. If you feel better after a week or so, you probably just had the "baby blues." If it takes you longer to feel better, you may have postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression can make you feel restless, anxious, fatigued and worthless. Some new moms worry they will hurt themselves or their babies. Unlike the "baby blues," postpartum depression does not go away quickly. Very rarely, new moms develop something even more serious. They may stop eating, have trouble sleeping and become frantic or paranoid. Women with this condition usually need to be hospitalized.
Researchers think that changes in your hormone levels during and after pregnancy may lead to postpartum depression. If you think you have it, tell your health care provider. Medicine and talk therapy can help you get well.
1OverviewMany new moms feel happy one minute and sadthe next. If you feel better after a week or so, youprobably just had the "baby blues." If it takes youlonger to feel better, you may have postpartumdepression.
2OverviewPostpartum depression can make you feel restless,anxious, fatigued and worthless. Some new momsworry they will hurt themselves or their babies.Unlike the "baby blues," postpartum depressiondoes not go away quickly. Very rarely, new momsdevelop something even more serious. They maystop eating, have trouble sleeping and becomefrantic or paranoid. Women with this conditionusually need to be hospitalized.
3OverviewResearchers think that changes in your hormonelevels during and after pregnancy may lead topostpartum depression. If you think you haveit, tell your health care provider. Medicine and talktherapy can help you get well.
4TreatmentThe two common types of treatment fordepression are:
5Treatment**Talk therapy**This involves talking to a therapist, psychologist, orsocial worker to learn to change how depressionmakes you think, feel, and act.
6Treatment**Medicine**Your doctor can prescribe an antidepressantmedicine. These medicines can help relievesymptoms of depression.
7Treatment**Medicine**These treatment methods can be used alone ortogether. If you are depressed, your depression canaffect your baby. Getting treatment is importantfor you and your baby. Talk with your doctor aboutthe benefits and risks of taking medicine to treatdepression when you are pregnant orbreastfeeding.
8RisksCertain factors may increase your risk ofdepression during and after pregnancy:Did you know?
9RisksIf you take medicine for depression, stopping yourmedicine when you become pregnant can causeyour depression to come back. Do not stop anyprescribed medicines without first talking to yourdoctor. Not using medicine that you need may beharmful to you or your baby.• A personal history of depression or anothermental illness
10Risks• A family history of depression or another mentalillness• A lack of support from family and friends• Anxiety or negative feelings about the pregnancy• Problems with a previous pregnancy or birth
11Risks• Marriage or money problems• Stressful life events• Young age• Substance abuseWomen who are depressed during pregnancy havea greater risk of depression after giving birth.
12FactsWhat can happen if depression is not treated?Untreated depression can hurt you and your baby.Some women with depression have a hard timecaring for themselves during pregnancy. They may:-- Eat poorly
13Facts-- Not gain enough weight-- Have trouble sleeping-- Miss prenatal visits-- Not follow medical instructions-- Use harmful substances, like tobacco, alcohol, orillegal drugs
14FactsDepression during pregnancy can raise the risk of:-- Problems during pregnancy or delivery-- Having a low-birth-weight baby-- Premature birth
15FactsUntreated postpartum depression can affect yourability to parent. You may:-- Lack energy-- Have trouble focusing-- Feel moody-- Not be able to meet your childs needs
16FactsAs a result, you may feel guilty and lose confidencein yourself as a mother. These feelings can makeyour depression worse.Researchers believe postpartum depression in amother can affect her baby. It can cause the babyto have:-- Delays in language development
17Facts-- Problems with mother-child bonding-- Behavior problems-- Increased cryingIt helps if your partner or another caregiver canhelp meet the babys needs while you aredepressed.
18FactsAll children deserve the chance to have a healthymom. And all moms deserve the chance to enjoytheir life and their children. If you are feelingdepressed during pregnancy or after having ababy, dont suffer alone. Please tell a loved oneand call your doctor right away.