Peripartum Depression

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Peripartum depression affects an estimated 10 to 13 percent of women who have recently delivered a baby. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Around the time you have a baby, you might have normal mood changes. This can last for up to 10 days. It is called baby blues. Sometimes, it is more severe and lasts longer. This is called peripartum depression.

Many new mothers with peripartum depression feel better within a few weeks. Sometimes, it takes longer to feel better and treatment is needed. This is more likely in mothers who have more severe symptoms or who have had depression before.

Symptoms include:

Sadness, anxiety and crying

Feeling scared and overwhelmed

Blaming yourself for things that arent your fault, and

Losing interest in things that youve always enjoyed

Some women have thoughts of harming their babies; although these thoughts are scary, they arent the mothers fault and dont reflect how she actually feels about her baby.

Eat a healthy diet, exercise and sleep when you can. Take walks outside with your baby. Most importantly, if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, tell your doctor right away.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.