How're You Feeling?
Pregnancy, adoption, and new parenthood can be an emotional rollercoaster and most moms experience some difficulty adjusting. If your symptoms last more than 2 weeks postpartum or feel so overwhelming that they interfere with your daily life, it is time to ask for help. Asking for help is a gift to yourself and your baby.
Common Symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders:
- Feeling very low, sad, or depressed
- Difficulty enjoying yourself or things you used to enjoy
- Struggling to bond with your baby
- Irritability or tension
- Anxious or panicky
- Inability to sleep when given the opportunity
- Difficulty eating or eating disturbances
- Rapid mood swings
- Feeling like you are "out of control" or going crazy
- Afraid you might hurt yourself or your baby
Things you can do:
- In case of emergency always call 911
- Talk to a counselor or healthcare provider who has training in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (see our Get Help page)
- Educate yourself on perinatal mood disorders and join a support group
- Ask for help from friends and family, and assign specific tasks such as cooking and cleaning
- Identify at least one person you trust who you can share your feelings
- Be active, move your body daily, get fresh air
- Get rest and try to sleep when baby sleeps
- Eat nutritious whole foods, limit processed foods
- Keep hope and don't give up!
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