Warning Signs For Postpartum Depression
The moment you’ve anxiously awaited for has finally arrived. You’re home with your newborn baby wrapped tightly in your arms. Except – you don’t feel as elated as you thought you would. Actually, you feel agitated and quite tearful. Is this normal?
It is very common for postpartum moms to experience “baby blues” following the delivery of their baby. This is typically characterized by mild tearfulness or moodiness. However, if it’s baby blues, your symptoms will usually go away within a few days to 10 days postpartum. If you have more intense feelings that persist longer, you may be suffering from postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression happens to many women. It is nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about, as most new moms do. It is, however, critically important that both you and your partner (or friend) understand how to recognize the symptoms of postpartum depression. Your physician can offer treatment so that you can experience your new baby the way you thought you would.
Postpartum Depression Symptoms
Postpartum depression may eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of the following postpartum symptoms. These are symptoms that may begin in the first couple weeks after delivery, or up to six months later! MayoClinic.org lists these warning signs for PPD:
- 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
If you have recently given birth and are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, please consult a team member at North Pointe OB/GYN. We are here to help you through this difficult stage so that you and your baby are well taken care of. Postpartum depression is absolutely treatable and very common. Don’t be embarrassed to voice your concerns.