Having a baby can be a very exciting and wonderful experience. At the same time, you may feel overwhelmed, scared, sad and alone. Having these feelings is a normal reaction to such a life-changing event. When these feelings persist over time and interfere with your daily functioning, it may be an indication that you need help.
It’s common to experience mild symptoms in the first six weeks after delivery. If symptoms seem more than mild or last beyond six weeks, please contact your OB/GYN immediately.
Symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- feeling sad
- feeling hopeless
- frequent and excessive crying
- feeling guilty
- feeling confused
- frequent changes in mood
- difficulty concentrating
- intense anxiety and/or fear
- feeling agitated
- having trouble sleeping
- changes in appetite
- no interest in the new baby
- having thoughts/fear of harming the baby
Each new mother is screened for signs of postpartum depression by her nurse prior to discharge. Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, an internationally-accepted tool, the nurse will determine if the patient is showing signs of postpartum depression and provide appropriate follow up care.