One out of 10 women who give birth will experience a postpartum mood disorder.
If you are suffering with some of these feelings, you may need professional help:
- Frequent crying for no reason;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Changes in your appetite;
- Feeling that you are unable to cope with daily activities;
- Mood swings that interfere with caring for your baby;
- Over concern for your baby;
- Difficulty bonding with your baby or fear of harming your baby;
- More sensitive and/or irritable;
- Difficulties in your relationship with your partner;
- Loss of interest in sex;
- Feeling very anxious or having panic attacks; and/or
- Feeling worthless or hopeless (leading to suicide).
You can get help! Help is available from:
- Your family physician or midwife;
- The Waterloo Region Public Health Department’s Healthy Children Information Line at 519-883-2245;
- Grand River Hospital’s post partum mood disorders support group at 519-749-4300, extension 2267; and/or
- Grand River Hospital’s crisis clinic (weekends and evenings). Please call 519-742-3611 and ask for the crisis clinic.