Maternal

Mental Health

Resources

Symptoms of Baby Blues will resolve themselves within the

first few weeks postpartum and include:

  • Mood swings

  • Anxiety

  • Sadness

  • Irritability

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Crying

  • Reduced concentration

  • Appetite problems

  • Trouble sleeping

Source: Mayo Clinic

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression or Anxiety are more intense, last longer and may include:

 

  • Depressed mood or severe mood swings

  • Excessive crying

  • Difficulty bonding with your baby

  • Withdrawing from family and friends

  • Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual

  • Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much

  • Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy

  • Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy

  • Intense irritability and anger

  • Fear that you're not a good mother

  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy

  • Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions

  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks

  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

Resources

Postpartum Support International          California Postpartum Warmline

                                                                    1-855-227-7462

Postpartum Progress                               Suicide Prevention Hotline

                                                                    1-800-273-2855

Are you wondering if you might have postpartum depression or anxiety?
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