Rose just had her baby. She loves this baby very much. Tie day of the baby’s birth was the most exciting time in her life. Tiere was a great joy and celebration among friends and family. Now it is a few days later and things are a lot difgerent. Rose cries a lot of the time. She doesn’t get much sleep and feels so tired. Her husband, friends, and family wonder what happened to the happy new mother. Have you heard about the “Baby Blues?” Many new mothers feel sad and tired afuer the birth of their babies. Like Rose, they are surprised to be in such a low mood because they are expected to be happy at this time. Tiis sad period happens for many reasons. Some of the reasons are hormone changes, getting used to a new sleep schedule, and worrying about taking good care of the new baby. Less ofuen, some new mothers have a more serious depression called postpartum depression. Tiis depression needs treatment. Are You Feeling Sad and Blue Afuer the Birth of Your Baby? Treating depression early is very important. Finding the help you need is the most important step you can take. You can feel better. Call your provider and talk about what you are feeling. Tien you, your family and your provider can work out a plan that is best for you. Distributed by Molina Healthcare. All material in this brochure is for information only. Tiis does not replace your provider’s advice. www.MolinaHealthcare.com Your Extended Family. Part # 1095Rev0408
How do you tell the difgerence between the “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression? Tie “Baby Blues” You may have postpartum depression if some of the following are true: Take these steps to feel better: • • Rest when your baby sleeps. Ask for help with cooking, housework, or baby care. Eat well and drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. Talk to people about how you are feeling. Make time for yourself. You need it and you deserve it. Tie “Baby Blues” is a mild feeling of sadness that happens to 8 out of 10 new mothers. Most women notice the blues within the fjrst few days afuer the baby is born. Tie Baby Blues can last for a few days to one week or sometimes more. Most ofuen, the Baby Blues will go away in about two weeks. • • You are feeling very sad, helpless, and anxious. You are having trouble getting through your day. You are depressed 3 or 4 weeks afuer your baby is born. You have fears of hurting the baby or yourself. • • • • • • You do not think you are feeling better as time goes on. Having the Baby Blues can be a normal, brief period of time for a new mother. Postpartum Depression Talking about being depressed does not mean you do not love your baby. Tell your provider if you think you have postpartum depression. It is important to share this with your provider, even if family and friends tell you that it will go away. Taking good care of you is helpful for postpartum depression, but it may not be enough. Your provider can help. “Baby Blues” can also move into a more severe postpartum depression. Postpartum depression will not go away on its own. Some women need medicine that can make them feel better. It is important to tell the difgerence so you get the right kind of help. You may have the “Baby Blues” if you experience some of the following: • You cry ofuen and don’t know why. • You feel tired and don’t feel hungry. • You have problems falling asleep or staying asleep. • You have problems focusing on a single thought, or you feel confused or distracted. • You feel irritable or angry, sometimes for no reason.