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Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression
Having a new baby can be challenging both physically and emotionally, even at the best of times. It is normal to go through an adjustment period following childbirth; new mothers may experience many different emotions, feeling joyful one minute to feeling depressed the next.  Up to 75% of new mothers experience “baby blues” feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, overwhelmed, weepy, irritable, fatigued and have trouble sleeping.  By taking good care of yourself and giving your body what it needs -sleep, healthy food, companionship- the baby blues will usually go away on its own by the time your baby is two weeks old.  However if these feelings don’t go away or get worse, you may be experiencing Postpartum depression.  Postpartum depression is treatable. Please refer to these resources for more information and where to seek help in your area: Postpartum Depression Pamphlet or visit PPD Manitoba.

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