Postpartum Mood Disorders

Life with a new baby is not always what you expect.

Pregnancy, the birth or adoption of a baby can bring physical, emotional and social changes. Adjustments to the new roles and relationships are not always easy.

Baby Blues

Almost four out of five mothers will experience the baby blues. Men can also experience emotional difficulties, especially if their partner is depressed.

This is all normal and can start in the first week after the baby is born. With good physical care and emotional support, it will typically pass within two weeks.

Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Mood Disorders

Sometimes the baby blues don't go away. You may also feel this way during your pregnancy or later during the baby’s first year.

You may:

  • Not feel yourself
  • Be sad and tearful
  • Feel exhausted, but unable to sleep
  • Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Feel overwhelmed and cannot concentrate
  • Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feel hopeless or frustrated
  • Feel restless, irritable or angry
  • Feel extremely high and full of energy
  • Feel anxious - this includes aches, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, tingling or lump in the throat
  • Feel guilty and ashamed, thinking you are not a good mother
  • Not bond or are afraid to be alone with your baby

Get Support

If you have had any of these symptoms, do not wait; seek help immediately.

  • Go to your local emergency department if you are in crisis
  • See your doctor or nurse practitioner for assessment and treatment
  • Call our Parent Talk Line to speak to one of our nurses about how you are feeling and supports that are available in Niagara
  • Call the Mental Health and Addictions Access Line for after hours support

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