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Warning Signs - Perinatal Depression

Having a baby can be one of the happiest times in a mom’s life. But sometimes, new moms can feel very sad for a long time. This is called postpartum depression (PPD). Learn the symptoms of postpartum depression so you can get help for yourself or a mom who may have PPD. 

What are the signs of Postpartum Depression? 

  • Crying and Feeling Sad: If a mom feels sad all the time and can't find happy moments, she might have PPD. 
  • Being Super Tired: It's normal for new moms to feel tired. But if a mom is always tired, even after sleeping, it might be PPD. 
  • Trouble Connecting with the Baby: Sometimes, moms with PPD find it hard to feel close to their babies.
  • Eating Too Much or Too Little: If a mom's eating changes a lot, it might be a sign. 
  • Worrying All the Time: Moms with PPD might worry a lot, especially about their baby. 
  • Feeling Bad About Themselves: Moms might feel like they're not good enough. Or that they're doing things wrong. 
  • Staying Away from Friends and Family: If a mom doesn't want to be around people she loves, it might be PPD. 
  • Having a Hard Time Thinking: Moms with PPD might find it tough to make decisions or remember things. 
  • Thoughts of Hurting Themselves or the Baby: This is very serious. If a mom thinks this, she needs help right away. 
  • Not Liking Things They Used to Like: If a mom doesn't enjoy her favorite things anymore, it might be a sign. 

If you or someone you know has any of these PPD symptoms, Your Life Iowa is here for you. Our trusted professionals can connect you to postpartum depression help, whenever you may need it. You don't have to go through this alone.

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