Every mom is different, and the changes pregnancy and a new baby bring are different for everyone. But, there are some symptoms to watch for. Dr. Kenney says these are some questions to ask yourself:
- Have you been much more down, depressed, or sad than usual?
- Have you been unable to sleep because your thoughts are on overdrive?
- Have you, or others, noticed that you’ve been much more irritable or short-tempered?
- Have you found yourself crying for no reason?
- Has your stomach been “in a knot” to the point that you can’t eat?
- Have you been more jump, shaky, or jittery?
- Have you noticed that things you normally look forward to are no longer fun or interesting?
- Have you noticed that you have a hard time concentrating or are excessively distracted?
- Is it harder for you to “get going” or find the energy and motivation to do things that normally come easily?
- Have you thought of harming or killing yourself or others?
- Have you experienced thoughts or images that frighten or upset you?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a mood or anxiety disorder. Talk to your doctor. For more about postpartum, Dr. Kenney suggests visiting the website, postpartumprogress.com. If you’re in crisis, call 911, go to the emergency room, or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).