Postpartum depression is a condition that can affect women after they give birth. It can bring about feelings of sadness, depression, loneliness, restlessness, and anxiety. Overall, it can manifest with the following symptoms:
- Feeling sad or depressed.
- Frequent crying.
- Feeling restless or anxious.
- Loss of appetite.
- Less energy and motivation.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Showing little interest in your baby.
Treating Postpartum Depression
This condition can have a big impact on the mothers, their babies, and the entire family. At MFMA, we screen routinely for postpartum depression at a woman’s first postpartum visit. We also take the time to ask about feeling during pregnancy and screen for risk for postpartum depressive symptoms.
“Postpartum depression can actually start during the pregnancy, and it can last up to a year,” explained Dr. Aren Gottlieb, a generalist at MFMA. “It is often associated with some anxiety. Most people who have seen a therapist or have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety prior to the pregnancy actually are more aware of their symptoms and reach out for assistance beforehand. The patient who has never experienced any depression is of special concern because they don’t really know what to look out for.”
This is why, at our office, we have a system to reach out to our patients after their visit to ensure that they follow up with the recommendations from their physician. We also set them up with referrals to see a therapist or a psychiatrist if needed. Postpartum depression is sometimes caused by hormonal imbalances; we can treat that as well.
If you think that you or a loved one may be suffering from postpartum depression or would like to learn more about this condition, contact our office today to schedule an appointment!
Maternal Fetal Medicine blogs are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace certified professional care. Medical conditions vary and change frequently. Please ask your doctor any questions you may have regarding your condition to receive a proper diagnosis or risk analysis. Thank you!