Arrival of a baby is like no other life experience. It can be thrilling and rewarding but also you may experience fear, confusion and exhaustion. Many physical and emotional changes occur to a woman while she is pregnant and especially after she gives birth. These changes usually go away quickly. However, sometimes these changes may linger or not even appear for a few months.
Some of the signs and symptoms that you or your family should look for include:
- Loss of appetite
- Crying spells
- Feelings of hopelessness or loss of control
- Over-concern or no concern at all about the baby
- Little or no concern about your own appearance
- Inability to sleep or need of excessive sleep
If you or someone you love is experiencing some of these signs, please contact your healthcare provider right away. With proper treatment, most women recover fully.
Remember postpartum depression is a real condition and help is available.
State of Illinois information and referral line 1-800-843-6154.
State of Illinois Postpartum Depression website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/womenshealth/factsheets/pdpress.htm.
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Crisis Hotline 866-364-6667.
Or contact 708-245-6114 for additional resources.