by Dr. Mandy Penny

As a pediatrician, I usually see newborns and their mothers for the first time at 2 weeks after birth. This first office visit provides an opportunity to examine and weigh the infant, answer any questions from the family, and assess the mother’s post-partum concerns.

Post-partum depression and anxiety are common problems that may arise anytime during the first 6 months after delivery. Every parent with a new baby feels fatigued and overwhelmed from time to time. So how do you know when those feelings represent something more serious?

Experts recommend considering the following statements:

  • I have blamed myself unnecessarily when thing went wrong.
  • I have been anxious or worried for no good reason.
  • I have felt scared or panicky for no good reason.
  • Things have been getting on top of me.
  • I have been so unhappy that I have had difficulty sleeping.
  • I have felt sad or miserable.
  • I have been so unhappy that I have been crying.
  • The thought of harming myself has occurred to me.

If you identify with some of the statements above you could be suffering from post-partum depression or anxiety. Don’t underestimate the effects post-partum depression and anxiety can have on those around you, including your beautiful baby. Please seek help if you are silently suffering. The healthcare professionals in your life, including your pediatrician and obstetrician are all part of YOUR team to keep your family safe and healthy. Please reach out to us when you need us.