Postpartum Depression: The Signs, and When to Seek Help

First of all, let’s start with what postpartum depression is and what it looks like. One in five new mothers will experience Postpartum Depression (PPD) and symptoms usually occur a few days after delivery or as late as a year after giving birth. Women who experience PPD will have alternating good days and bad days. But what does having postpartum depression feel like? Most mothers report feelings of sadness, hopelessness and/or being overwhelmed. They may also experience fatigue, have trouble sleeping, a loss of interest in things once enjoyed, and withdrawing from friends & family. Women also report having very little interest in their baby and can even have thoughts of hurting themselves or their baby. It's crucial you seek the advice of your healthcare provider if you believe you may be suffering from PPD. Because postpartum depression can range in severity, it’s very important to discuss your symptoms with your OB/GYN so you can begin to experience relief. The biggest thing to know is you are NOT alone and the emotions associated with PPD do not have to continue!

Reach out to the supportive OB/GYN team at Bella Women’s Care for understanding and help with postpartum depression. Visit our website or call to book an appointment at one of the Phoenix or Mesa offices today.

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