If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, know that it is treatable. There is someone in your area who can help you if you are experiencing any of the following: depressed, irritable, exhausted, unlike yourself, sadness, anger, guilt, worry, feelings of inadequacy.
The following is not meant to be a diagnostic tool, but rather a way for new mothers and their support persons to recognize their feelings and to be empowered to take action if they need help.
Wise Woman Saying: 'when the milk starts to flow so do the tears'Common between day 4 and 12 Postpartum. Around 1 in 4 mothers will experience mood swings during this important period of recovery and adjustment.
Can happen anytime from Day 12 to 18 months after birth when a mother gets depleted.
She may experience feelings of restless, worthlessness, guilt, irritability, depression, excessive crying, no energy, headaches, chest pains, trouble sleeping, weight flux, trouble focusing, decision making, overly worrying about baby, lack of interest in infant, being afraid of hurting baby or self.
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