Prenatal and Postpartum Anxiety and Depression
If you are pregnant or have a baby, you may be feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed or scared.
Depression can happen to anyone. Signs can appear any time during pregnancy and within the first year after the birth or adoption of a baby.
Four out of five new moms have ‘baby blues’, which usually passes within a few days and up to two weeks postpartum.
But sometimes the ‘blues’ don’t go away, or get worse.
One in five mothers experience postpartum mood disorders. Sleepless nights and a screaming infant needing nearly constant care can impact both parents. Fathers can experience postpartum depression too.
Comparing yourself to society‘s idealized images of motherhood may cause you to feel that you are a bad mother, and that feelings of sadness, anger, irritation, and fear are abnormal. This in turn can lead to guilt, shame and isolation.
You are not to blame. You are not alone.
Help is available, and you will get better.
- Talk to your health care provider
- Call our Family HEALTHline (705) 743-1000 to speak with a Public Health Nurse
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