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! 

For more information, please visit:

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Education for Parents

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