It’s normal to feel a wide range of emotions after giving birth, and not all of them will be positive. You might feel anxious, frightened, or sad, or have trouble sleeping or making decisions; most mothers feel a little depressed during this time, often during the first few days after birth. Sometimes this is caused by changing hormone levels, and most women feel better within a couple of weeks.
For some new mothers, these feelings do not get better on their own. If you have the following signs of postpartum depression, get help right away. Counselling and treatment can help these feelings go away. Your doctor, nurse, or midwife will understand and will be able to help you.
- The ‘baby blues’ do not go away after two weeks
- You don’t feel like yourself
- You have strong negative feelings (sadness, guilt, anxiousness, worry)
- You are having trouble sleeping, or sleep too much
- You can’t eat
- You worry too much or too little about your baby
- You feel angry towards your baby
- You think about hurting yourself or your baby