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Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

The Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Program

This program is provided by Saskatoon Health Region with support from Saskatoon Community Clinic.

Group and telephone support are offered.

The arrival of a new baby is a happy and joyful occasion; and, it is a time of change and adjustment. Many women find themselves feeling overwhelmed by their new responsibilities. This is common and normal.

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Symtoms of Post Partum Depression


What am I Feeling?

Maybe you have felt or thought the following:

  • I'm so irritable
  • I cry all the time or I can't cry
  • I'm so worried or I'm so anxious
  • I feel numb or I can't feel anything
  • I just can't cope, I feel so alone
  • I feel so guilty and/or I feel ashamed
  • I don't know who I am anymore
  • I want to sleep all the time or I can't sleep
  • I can't stop eating or I don't want to eat
  • I'm having very scary thoughts


Why Do I Feel This Way?

If you're having some of these thoughts or feeling, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. You are not alone. Postpartum depression affects 10 to 24% of all mothers, and help is available.



What Else Do We Know?

  • Both biological and adoptive mothers experience post partum depression.
  • Postpartum depression usually occurs 20 to 40 days after delivery, but it can begin anytime in the first year.
  • It can affect your ability to carry out daily activities as well as your relationships with family and friends.
  • Postpartum depression does improve with time, help and support.



***Remember --You are not crazy, and you are not a failure as a mother. Help is available.**

What Helps?

Below are some tips to help you make healthy adjustments to improve your postpartum experience:

  • Nurture yourself and treat your emotional needs with respect. Remember to take time for yourself.
  • Respect your body's needs for rest and sleep.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid caffeine and chocolate.
  • Acknowledge painful feelings and develop appropriate ways to work through them.
  • Discuss your feelings with your physician to determine whether medication or a referral to a mental health professional might help.
  • Contact your doctor, your Public Health Nurse or the Mental Health and Addictions Intake Facilitator (306 655-7777) for information about resources available to you.
Last Modified: Monday, May 15, 2017 |
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