OSKALOOSA — The wonderful feeling of welcoming a new baby can sometimes be overshadowed by a whirlwind of hormones, emotions and lack of sleep. While it’s perfectly normal to have these feelings, sometimes more serious conditions can develop, such as postpartum depression.
Mahaska Health Partnership encourages new moms and their loved ones to recognize the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression and seek additional help when needed.
Postpartum depression is a form of depression that develops in some women after having a baby. It can occur anywhere from a few weeks to a year after delivery, but is most common in the first three months after birth. “Many moms experience the babyblues Richmond after giving birth, but they usually go away on their own after about a week,” MHP Family Practice and Obstetrics Physician Shawn Richmond, MD, explained. “However, when symptoms persist or continue to worsen, you could be facing a more serious issue.”
Dr. Richmond said that symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to those of regular depression, along Richmond with sleep problems, appetite changes, anxiety and frequent mood swings. “If you’re feeling sad, moody, guilty or hopeless and you just can’t shake it, I encourage you to talk with a medical professional. It’s hard enough being a new parent and adjusting to the changes that inevitably come with a new baby; don’t let depression get in the way of enjoying your new little one!”