For some women, the challenges of childbirth don't always end after their baby is born. Sometimes “baby blues” or postpartum depression can set in. What is supposed to be a joyous time can be marred by mood swings, looming sadness, withdrawal and other upsetting symptoms.
Postpartum depression is no reflection of your abilities as a mother, nor should you feel ashamed or embarrassed. In most cases, it is caused by the many hormonal changes following pregnancy. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed also can trigger these emotions.
It’s common for new moms to feel fatigued and moody after delivery. However, if the blues intensify and last more than two weeks, postpartum depression becomes a concern. Warning symptoms include:
If you or your loved one is struggling with postpartum depression, you don’t have to handle it alone. Mercy is here to help you understand your symptoms and offer support and treatment.
You may feel like you’ll never be happy again, but brighter days are ahead. From counseling and support groups, to medication and nutrition, we’ve helped many moms manage their symptoms and feel good again, and we’ll do the same for you. We'll work together to help you get back to your “old” self and fully enjoy your growing family.