Postpartum Depression – Signs and Symptoms
At The OB/GYN Group of Austin, we are committed to providing our patients with premier expertise in obstetrics and gynecology. With this month being Mental Health Awareness Month and there being increasing stress on mental health since quarantine, we wanted to discuss postpartum depression. 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
- Mood swings
- Excessive crying
- 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. We are here to help you!
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. Having a new baby can be stressful and exhausting but it is also supposed to be a time of joy. If you do not feel like you are finding those moments of happiness or you feel too overwhelmed please reach out to us so we can help.