Pregnancy & Postpartum Depression

DEPRESSIONduring pregnancy (antepartum or prenatal depression) as well as postpartum depression are more common than many realize. While postpartum depression often becomes the scapegoat for nearly all postpartum mental health issues, there are some hallmark symptoms that are used to identify this illness including the following:

 

  • Completely overwhelmed by being a mom and you just don’t think you can do it
  • Regret of becoming a mom in the first place or fear you made the WRONG decision to have a baby
  • Confused as to why this is happening to you
  • Anger or rage toward your baby or others around you
  • Disconnected or numb to what’s happening around you—you just don’t feel like yourself anymore
  • Sad and guilty you’re missing out on your baby’s first days/weeks/months
  • Like a mess, crying nonstop even for no apparent reason
  • Fear that you will never be yourself again and things will never get better
  • Like you are a terrible mother unworthy of your child
  • Unable to eat or eating way too much
  • Restless at night and unable to sleep when your baby is sleeping
  • Tired all the time and unable to stay awake
  • Forgetful, unable to concentrate, or foggy-brained
  • Like you want to end it—you’ve had thoughts about hurting yourself or the baby

 

It is important to recognize that postpartum depression is NOT the “baby blues” which is typically a few days to two weeks of mild ups and downs and weepiness. The key is to ask yourself how often have you been feeling this way, for how long and to what extent are these symptoms affecting your ability to function in your daily life?