Post Delivery Care
Up to 80 percent of women experience the "baby blues" within two weeks of delivery. Symptoms can include crying, sadness, worry or fatigue. This is quite normal and usually resolves itself. If it doesn't, it is important to get help and support as soon as possible. Postpartum Depression is a range of emotional changes that a woman may experience after the birth of her child, or the loss of her child. Constant worry, racing thoughts, feeling as though something bad is going to happen, disturbances in sleep, and the inability to sit still are all symptoms. These can sometimes resolve themselves on their own after the first two weeks of delivery, and are temporary and treatable with professional help if needed. The difference between grief and depression can often be hard to distinguish, the sooner you ask for help, the sooner you will begin to feel better. Considering attending a support group for women with postpartum depression is a good way to begin your path of recovery.
Mothers can experience a serious depression within the first year of delivering which can interfere with daily life and could impair the ability to respond to your baby. Symptoms include crying, irritability, excessive worry, sleep problems, weight changes, difficulty focusing, not bonding with your baby and lack of joy. Depression is very treatable and there is help available to you.