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When The Baby Blues Won't Go Away

Life with a new baby is not always what you expect. The birth or adoption of a baby can bring physical, emotional and social changes. Adjustment to new roles and relationships is not always easy.

 

About 4 out of 5 mothers will experience the baby blues

This is normal and can start in the first week after the baby is born. With good physical care and emotional support, you will usually feel better 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 postpartum depression after having a baby. Mood disorders, such as anxiety, are also very common. You are not alone. Partners and children can struggle too. It can affect anyone in the family!

 

People experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders may...

  • Feel sad or numb
  • Be tearful or cry a lot
  • Feel exhausted, but not able to sleep
  • Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Feel overwhelmed and can’t concentrate
  • Feel anxious or can’t stop worrying 
  • Seek constant reassurance from others or the internet
  • Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feel hopeless or worthless
  • Feel restless, irritable or angry
  • Feel guilty and ashamed
  • Avoid spending time with family and friends
  • Have thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Have scary thoughts about your baby

If your symptoms continue or get worse, speak to your healthcare professional. 

 

What you can do...

  • Rest when baby sleeps
  • 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 or more
  • 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
  • Talk about your feelings with your partner or someone you trust
  • Reach out to your healthcare professional to talk about what help and treatment options are available
  • Take Action, Get Help
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Date of creation: December 1, 2017
Last modified on: July 13, 2020

Take Action. Get Help!

Reach Out (24/7 Crisis Service)
Call or Webchat, 1-866-933-2023

Talk 4 Healing Help Line (24/7  for Aboriginal Women)
Call or Live Chat, 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line  (24/7 Crisis & Counselling Service)
1-855-242-3310

Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre (24/7 Walk-in Service)
The CMHA Crisis Centre is temporarily relocating to 534 Queens Ave, starting on June 16 for six to eight months. At this time, our Huron site will be inaccessible.  Note: there will be no break in service and all services provided at the Crisis Centre will continue as usual.
 

Parent Infant Relationship Clinic (PAIRclinic)
Vanier Children's Mental Wellness - 519-433-3101

Mother Reach Support Group 
Childreach - 519-434-3644, or email:  info@childreach.on.ca 

Support Line (24/7 Therapeutic Listening)
1-844-360-8055

Speak with a Public Health Nurse from The Middlesex-London Health Unit
519-663-5317

Family Services Thames Valley / Counselling Services
519-433-0183

Anova: A Future Without Violence (24/7 Crisis & Support Line)
1-800-265-1576

Carre Four des Femmes (Services confidentiels gratuits pour les femmes francophones)
519-858-0954 (London-Middlesex)

The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI)
519-672-6000, ext. 309 or email: admin@mrcssi.com

 
 
 

References

1BC Reproductive Mental Health Program. (2014). Best practice guidelines for mental health disorders in the perinatal period. Retrieved from
http://www.perinatalservicesbc.ca/Documents/Guidelines-Standards/Maternal/MentalHealthDisordersGuideline.pdf
2Canadian Pediatric Society. (2017, March). Depression in pregnant women and mothers: How it affects you and your child. Retrieved from
https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/depression_in_pregnant_women_and_mothers
3Government of Canada. (2016, May 26). Depression during pregnancy. Retrieved from
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/pregnancy/depression-during-pregnancy.html
4Haensel, H., & Parkinson, S. (2017). Mothering the mother: Caring for mother’s mental health to optimize infant attachment and development. [PowerPoint slides].
5Haring, M., Smith, J. E., Bodnar, D., Misri, S., Little, R. M., & Ryan, D. (2013). Coping with anxiety during pregnancy and following the birth: A cognitive behavior therapy-based self-management guide for women and health care providers. Retrieved from
http://www.cw.bc.ca/library/pdf/BCRMH_AnxietyGuide_final.pdf