Monday, March 11, 2013

Postpartum Health

  • DO YOU?......
  • Feel sad or depressed?
  • Feel more irritable or angry with those around you?
  • Feel you are having difficulty bonding with your baby?
  • Feel anxious or panicky?
  • Have problems with eating or sleeping?
  • Have upsetting thoughts that you can’t get out 
    of your mind?
  • Feel as if you are “out of control” or “going crazy”?
  • Feel like you never should have become a mother?
  • Worry that you might hurt your baby or yourself

If you have any of these symptoms, you may have some form of perinatal mood. Some women experience some type of mood change during pregnancy and after, 15% to 20% of women will experience significant symptoms of depression and anxiety. By seeking for professional care and help you can lessen these symptoms and recover quickly and fully. 

Postpartum depression is the most widely used term, there are actually many types of illness women may experience including:

Postpartum Depression
Feelings of anger, sadness, exhaustion, guilt, lack of interest in the baby, eating and sleeping habits change, hopelessness thoughts, difficulty concentrating etc. Want to learn more about PPD? Click here

Postpartum Anxiety
Fear and worried over the safety and health of the baby is common. Panic attacks may occur along with shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, loss of control. More information provided on PPA here.

Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Behavior such as repetitive, upsetting/unwanted thoughts may occur. Along, with repeating the same actions over and over again to reduce the anxiety caused by those thoughts. More information on PPOCD here. 

Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
This is often caused as a result of a frightening or traumatic childbirth. Flashbacks commonly occur of the trauma and feeling anxious to avoid anything that relates to the event. More information on PPTSD here. 

Postpartum Psychosis
Often signs of this hallucinations. Seeing and hearing voices and images that others can't. Confusion, memory loss, and being manic are all common symptoms of this illness. This is a severe condition and immediate help is highly recommended. Learn more about PPP here. 

Find Utah Postpartum support and help resources here.

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