You're not alone in how you feel. We're here to help and support you.
The birth of a child is a major life-changing event for any family. Throughout your pregnancy and after your baby's birth, you may feel overwhelming joy and excitement. But, some parents can also feel anxious, worried, helpless, or unable to concentrate.
These symptoms are common and can be a sign of a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, like postpartum depression. "Perinatal" means that these symptoms can happen during your pregnancy or in the year after birth. The feelings can range from "baby blues" to more intense emotions and feelings that interfere with your ability to function in your daily life or interact with others.
Postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms can include:
- Anxiety, intrusive or repetitive thoughts, or excessive worry
- Confusion, memory loss, or poor concentration
- Depression or sadness
- Exaggerated highs or lows
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Feelings of inadequacy
- Fear of harming yourself or your baby
- Lack of interest in sexual activity
- Over-concern or lack of concern for the baby
- Panic attacks
- Sleeping or eating problems
- Uncontrollable crying
What's important to know is that you're not alone in feeling this way. Our caring and compassionate team is here to support you through this time and help you feel better again.
Get postpartum depression support today
Virtua offers several services to help with postpartum depression and anxiety. This includes:
- Depression screening in the hospital after delivery
- Weekly postpartum depression support group, open to people during and after pregnancy
- Education and referral for treatment options that may include medication and/or counseling
- Coordinating care with your obstetrician or midwife
- Additional support through follow-up telephone calls
Virtua also offers telephone support for information and referrals at 866-380-2229, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
If you're having any thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.