Recognizing Postpartum Depression

Becoming a parent can trigger some
pretty powerful emotions. Joy and excitement, but also anxiety and fear. It can feel overwhelming. You’ve probably heard the phrase baby blues. It’s fairly common for moms and dads to feel sad or anxious in the first few weeks after having a baby. But if those feelings don’t go away or get worse, you may have postpartum depression, and you may need help. Postpartum depression is more common than you think. Here are some telltale signs to look for. Feelings of intense anxiety that can
cause panic attacks, fear, and anger. Sometimes around your baby. If you’re feeling like a robot, just going through the motions with a little enjoyment about anything in life. or if you’re feeling hopeless, crying every day, or having scary thoughts that don’t go away. Many parents think these feelings are
normal. Some even think they should just push through it and stay strong. But postpartum depression is serious and anyone who has it should ask for help. So talk to your doctor or called the Postpartum Support Hotline at 1-800- 944- 4773. If you have the feeling you may hurt yourself or your baby please get help right away. Just remember, you’re not alone. Many moms have been there and have found help to help them get back on track. For more information on this topic and many more, visit

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