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Whether you have the Postpartum Blues or you’re suffering Postpartum Depression, help is available.

What is Postpartum Blues?

Postpartum Blues or “Baby Blues” describes mild mood changes and feelings of worry, unhappiness and exhaustion that many women experience in the first two weeks after having a baby; it may affect up to 80 percent of women. Hormone changes, sleep disruptions and other stress may contribute. Symptoms include:

  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Anxiety or worrying too much
  • Feelings of irritability, anger, or vulnerability
  • Impatience or quick mood changes
  • Insomnia (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep) and hypersomnia (too much sleep)

Baby Blues usually last from a few days to a few weeks. If you’re experiencing the Baby Blues, please talk to someone about your feelings. Ask for help with the household responsibilities and/or children until you feel better. Take time to recover and be realistic about learning mothering skills. If symptoms persist, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Up to 20 percent of new moms experience a more serious, longer-lasting depression that may begin during the first three months after childbirth. Postpartum Depression, or PPD, is not the same for every woman. Some may have good days and bad days. Symptoms leave many feeling guilty, ashamed and isolated. Reach out if you feel:

  • Sadness or despair that last longer than two to three weeks.
  • Depression that begin three weeks or more after delivery, including feelings of loneliness, vulnerability, sadness, hopelessness or worthlessness.
  • Headache, fatigue, rapid heart rate, bowel problems or problems breastfeeding.
  • A sense of being overwhelmed, or overly concerned for the safety of your baby.
  • A lack of interest in your baby, yourself or other things that were important to you.
  • Concerned that you might harm your child.

Who’s most at risk?

A woman who had a difficult pregnancy, history of depression, previous PPD, relationship problems/unreliable support system, premenstrual syndrome, or history of abuse, may be at higher risk. Medical history involving thyroid problems or family/personal history of depression can also contribute.

Treatment varies. depending on the type and severity of the symptoms.

Tips for coping with Postpartum Depression

  • Take each day one step at a time.
  • Get Plenty of Rest: Avoid getting over-tired. Look at your day and plan times when you can rest. If possible, nap when your baby naps.
  • Eat adequately. Healthy eating is important for you and your baby.
  • Engage in a simple form of exercise on a regular basis, once medically cleared by your doctor to do so.
  • Sometime during each day, take a break. Do something that you find enjoyable. Do not feel guilty about it…YOU deserve some “me” time too.
  • Enlist help from family or friends who are willing to look after your children while you get some rest or while you take some time for yourself. When possible, share the responsibilities of taking care of the home and children.
  • Take advantage of resources in the community to form a reliable support system for yourself and baby. Consider engaging in support groups, church groups, family resource centers in your area.

Help is Available

If you are experiencing symptoms of Postpartum Depression (PPD), please contact your health care provider or one of the resources below:

NorthBay Health, Social Services
Fairfield: (707) 646-5015
Vacaville: (707) 624-7015

Mental Health Crisis - 24-Hour Crisis Line
(707) 428-1131

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