We know your new baby is your pride and joy and that you would do anything for them. For many women, the stress of a new baby and the imbalance of hormones can send your body into depression that lasts anywhere from four to 10 days. However, symptoms of depression in excess of one week are a cause to see your physician.
Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Inability to sleep or increased sleeping
- Agitation or mental slowness
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate
- Recurrent thoughts of death; suicidal ideation, gestures, or attempts
Learn more about whether what your feeling is More Than Just the Baby Blues.
Treatment of Postpartum Depression
The nurses and midwives at Susquehanna Health are happy to help you at any time should you be struggling physically or mentally with the new transition. About six weeks after the delivery, you will have a post-delivery exam, in which you should bring up any negative feelings or symptoms you may be experiencing. You will have a brief physical exam and talk to one of our expert nurses. In some cases, our midwives are also available to sit down and discuss issues you may be having.
No matter what you are experiencing, there's no need to feel alone. Susquehanna Health is here to see you through and offer women in the central PA area the best care available. If you suspect postpartum depression, please contact your OB/GYN provider.