Nearly 75% of new mothers experience “baby blues” during the transition time after giving birth. It’s often a two-week period of feeling sad, overwhelmed, anxious, and tired. If the symptoms don’t go away after two weeks, mothers are often experiencing postpartum depression. With the help of a healthcare professional, new moms can discuss different support options, from counselling to medication in some circumstances. Friends and family can also play an important role, helping with chores, providing encouragement, and giving mom a break from baby here and there. Anyone in crisis or experiencing thoughts of self-harm or harm towards their baby are encouraged to call Southern Health/Santé Sud crisis line at 1-888-617-7715.
Eden Mental Health Centre, EdenHealthCare.ca