Postpartum Depression – Signs and Symptoms

Postpartum depression is a serious illness that women should not be afraid to talk about. We encourage you to become informed on the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and reach out to your doctor if you believe you may be experiencing these symptoms.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression occurs in women soon after giving birth. It is a treatable medical illness that affects as many as 1 in 5 women postpartum. Postpartum depression is most common in the first three months postpartum but can develop anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery.

What are the symptoms of Postpartum Depression?

Some symptoms that may mean you have PPD:

  • Depressed mood
  • Sleep issues (Sleeping too much or insomnia)
  • Appetite changes
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Excessive crying
  • Irritability
  • The feeling of hopelessness
  • Suicidal Thoughts

When should you see a doctor?

We understand that it is hard to admit when you are feeling down or depressed, especially just after having your baby. But if you are experiencing any of the PPD symptoms we listed above, we urge you to call your doctor and schedule an appointment.

It’s extremely important to call your doctor if:

  • The symptoms don’t fade after two weeks
  • The symptoms get worse
  • It’s hard for you to care for your baby
  • You’re having thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

If you are having thoughts about harming yourself, call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

We hope that this blog helped you understand what postpartum depression is, the signs and symptoms of this illness, and when it’s time to reach out to a doctor. If you believe you have PPD, please contact your provider to schedule an appointment.

 

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