i love working with moms to help them navigate through the difficult waters of postpartum depression. I have found that what is tricky about postpartum is that these feelings often feel so real that moms think that there is no hope that will never get better. Well, there is hope! And it does get better! It starts with just the simple step of asking for help.
There are a range of signs and symptoms that can a mother can have after giving birth. Below are some of the signs and symptoms to watch out for in varying degrees.
BABY BLUES SYMPTOMS
Baby blues may last from a few days, up to a few weeks.
Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first — but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. Postpartum depression symptoms may include:
Untreated, postpartum depression may last for a year or more.
WHEN TO GET HELP
If you're feeling depressed after your baby's birth, you may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But it's important to call your doctor or a mental health professional if the signs and symptoms of depression:
There is very effective treatment for Post Partum Depression so please do not wait to seek help if you suspect that you or someone that you know may be experiencing PPD.
For further information on postpartum depression visit Postpartum Support International
The EPDS is a 10-question self administered screening tool developed by John Cox and Jeni Holden and used worldwide that helps to recognize women who might be suffering from postpartum depression. You can fill out this screening tool online or print it out, and take it with you to your healthcare provider.
Please if you have any questions CONTACT ME or another mental health profession if you have concerns after filling out the EPDS.