More than baby blues: A look at postpartum depression
You are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 9 women experience postpartum depression, or depression that begins after having a baby. Symptoms vary from person to person but can include uncontrollable crying, anger, and withdrawing from loved ones. Mothers experiencing postpartum depression may:
- Feel disconnected from their babies
- Have thoughts of hurting themselves or their babies
- Doubt their ability as a mother
Any mother can experience postpartum depression, but risk for postpartum depression is increased among:
- Teenage mothers
- Mothers who have limited social support
- Mothers who give birth to multiples (i.e. twins or triplets)
- Mothers who experience pregnancy and birth complications
- Mothers whose infants require hospitalization
- Mothers with a history of depression and/or postpartum depression and family history of depression
- Mothers experiencing stressful life events
Postpartum depression is treatable. If you experience symptoms of postpartum depression, talk to your health care provider about your treatment options.
To schedule a postpartum depression screening, call Marshall Obstetrics & Gynecology at 304-691-1400.
April 04, 2019