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Perinatal Depression is beyond the baby blues

“I feel so anxious, overwhelmed and exhausted. Sometimes I don’t even want to hold my baby. What’s wrong with me? I thought this would be the happiest time of my life.” 

Perinatal covers pregnancy and the postpartum period. Depression during this time can happen to any mom, and it is common. One-in-five women have perinatal depression. Some moms feel sad, scared or worried. These feelings can make it hard for them to take care of themselves, their baby, and day-to-day tasks. 

The good news is perinatal depression is treatable. Your Life Iowa is here for you and can connect you to help. We’re here for you, 24/7.

Crisis Resources Learn more about Perinatal Depression

Warning Signs

  • Crying, even over little things 
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much 
  • Confusion 
  • Sadness 
  • Mood swings 
  • Irritability 
  • Not feeling like yourself

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What is perinatal depression?

Perinatal depression is a type of depression that may occur during pregnancy or up to a year after childbirth. Maternal depression often appears at different times during pregnancy or after childbirth.

Learn More About Perinatal Depression

Support for your health and wellness

  • Crisis Services

    Feeling overwhelmed and unable to function in your daily life?  Here are support options nearby.   

  • Talking to Your Doctor or Midwife

    It can feel difficult to talk to your health care provider about mental health concerns. This list of questions can help. 

  • Mental Health and My Baby

    Maternal mental health, including depression, can affect your baby. Early bonding is important for your baby's development.

  • Self-care

    Read our checklist for self-care. It's a friendly reminder of the things you can do to help yourself at home.

  • Screening

    Screening for perinatal depression is a routine part of your health care. Learn why it's important. 

  • Support Groups

    PPD support groups are a valuable resource for emotional support and shared experiences.

  • Treatment Options

    Various treatment options can be helpful for PPD.


  • YourLifeIowa.Support

    Encouragement. One Text at a Time.


  • Stigma

    The words we use matter. Learn more about stigma and maternal health.



I feel so anxious, overwhelmed and exhausted. Sometimes I don't even want to hold my baby. What's wrong with me? I thought this would be the happiest time of my life."


Pregnant mom rubbing belly with daughter

Support for family and friends.

Navigating perinatal depression can be challenging. We can help you support a loved one.

Family and friends

Want to find help on your own?

Your Life Iowa is always here to help you find resources near you. However, we understand that sometimes you’d like to look for help on your own. Our map will let you do just that.

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