About 4 out of 5 mothers will experience the baby blues
This is all normal and can start in the first week after the baby is born. With good physical care and emotional support, it will usually go away within two weeks. Talk with your partner, healthcare professional or someone you trust about your feelings.
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Disorders are common
Up to 20% of women experience depression or anxiety after having a baby. You are not alone. Partners and children can struggle too. It can affect anyone in the family!
What you can do?
- Rest during the day when baby sleeps and get a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Eat healthy food several times a day.
- Go for a walk 3-4 times a week.
- Accept help from family and friends.
- Let someone you trust take care of the baby once in a while.
- Take time for yourself.
- Limit the time you spend with people who make you feel anxious or sad.
- Reach out to your healthcare professional to talk about what help and treatment options are available.
Reach Out (24/7 Crisis Service)
Call or Webchat
Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre (24/7 Walk-in Service)
648 Huron Street, London (at Adelaide)
Support Line (24/7 Therapeutic Listening)
Health Connection (Speak to a Public Health Nurse)
519-663-5317 Ext. 2280
Merrymount Family Support & Crisis Centre / Mother Reach Support Group
1064 Colborne St (at Huron)
519-433-0183, ext. 8111 or email ATapia@familyservicethamesvalley.com
Talk-in Clinics London and Middlesex