MATERNAL DEPRESSION

May is National Maternal Depression Month, it is also Mental Health Awareness month. In light of this Alliance Ob/Gyn wants to bring light to Postpartum Depression or PPD. The silent cloud that plagues 15-%20 of women who gave birth, miscarried, or had a still birth needs to be discussed. If you suffer from postpartum depression, you are not alone. There is information and resources that can help you and educate you.

Many women who suffer from postpartum depression often have postpartum anxiety. Often mistaken for “baby blues”, PPD lasts much longer and the signs and symptoms are more intense, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. According to Mayo Clinic Women who have postpartum depression are women who have had a baby within the last 12 months and exhibit the following symptoms;

(Mayo Clinic Staff, 2015)

 

When is it time to see a Doctor?

When left untreated postpartum depression may last longer and symptoms may worsen. If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms and they do not dissipate in two weeks, get worse, hinder you from completing daily tasks and are having thoughts of self harm or harm to your baby, it is time to schedule an appointment with your doctor and get help. If you are not experiencing PPD but have a loved one or friend who is exhibiting the above symptoms or has spoken to you about it, we urge you to assist them in seeking help and not wait around hoping for things to get better.

Having thoughts of self harm? Here are your options!

If you are experiencing thoughts of self harm or harming your baby it is time to reach out. This is a very serious matter and we urge you to seek help help from your loved ones or close friends/family, calling 911 is another option and they will talk you through the difficult time and options.

Here are some options that may help you if you start to experience suicidal thoughts

 

Risk Factors

The risk of suffering from PPD inscrease if…

 

Behaviors that are protective of maternal Mental health

Preventing PPD is very important and can only be done through awareness and education. Getting to know your risk factors and identifying symptoms early can make a world of difference. Try to embrace the healthy behaviors that can reduce your risk and even help alleviate symptoms if you find you fall into that category.

Remember ladies, you are not alone, feel free to reach out to our women’s health specialists for questions and concerns about your emotional wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

References

Mayo Clinic Staff

National Institutes of Health

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