Becoming a new mom is an exhilarating time, but it’s also incredibly stressful and overwhelming. You suddenly have a new person who is solely dependent on you, and you’re not getting enough sleep. On top of everything else, your hormones are readjusting to a life-changing experience. It’s no wonder that so many new moms deal with baby blues after giving birth. Some new moms develop postpartum depression.
What are the warning signs of postpartum? Below we’ll go over the things to look for in new moms.
Loss of interest in things they enjoy – If a new mom is struggling with finding joy in things they usually love, they may be suffering from postpartum depression.
Overwhelming feelings of sadness and guilt – Bouts of crying is natural for new moms. That’s why we call it the baby blues when someone first gives birth. However, constant crying and feelings of sadness and guilt are usually the first signs of postpartum.
A change in sleeping patterns – All new parents deal with sleep issues. When the baby is awake, you have to be awake. However, a new mom who is unable to sleep when the baby is sleeping or sleeps more than usual may be suffering from postpartum.
Thoughts of harming oneself – Advanced signs of postpartum are thoughts of suicide or thoughts of harming the new baby. If someone you know is considering suicide, reach out to someone immediately.
While we specialize in the best depression therapy Columbus has to offer, we also help mothers dealing with postpartum in Columbus.