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Postpartum Symptoms to Watch For

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Being a new mom is hard. Being a new mom with postpartum depression is a whole new level of hard, not to mention scary. It’s a beast I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. 

After going through it myself and talking with so many other women who have gone through it, I compiled the top postpartum symptoms to watch for and tips to get help.

I want to start out by discussing how soon after birth can postpartum symptoms occur.

Typically Postpartum kicks in after one to three weeks after giving birth but can occur anytime within the first year. On a more rare occasion, you can get it right away as I did. 

 

Postpartum Symptoms to Look Out For

Immediately after birth, I could tell I was way off. My anxiety was so high that I went almost a day without sleeping AFTER 31-hour labor. The nurses literally had to drug me to get me to sleep. I was also unable to eat. I was so sick to my stomach, I could not bring myself to eat for the life of me.

This is after dreaming of all of the yummy foods I was going to eat after the baby arrived. Gestational diabetes problems, lol. 

A nurse had to sit me down and explain that these are signs of postpartum depression, and it’s better to address it quickly before it gets worse… and she was entirely right. I don’t want you to wait either. 

 

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Signs of postpartum depression

Some signs to look out for are:

  • Negative feelings
  • Anxiety
  • Hostile feelings towards your baby
  • Guilt 
  • Exhaustion
  • Major appetite changes
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Insomnia

It can be easy to blow off postpartum depression as the baby blues until it has blown out of proportion.

If something doesn’t feel right, even if your symptoms do not align with this list, it never hurts to seek help to ensure you are on track and can be the best mom possible.

 

Let’s discuss some common postpartum symptoms to watch for….

Very negative feelings 

Negative feelings like constantly feeling sad or angry can be a sign of postpartum depression.  These feelings do not always mean depression. If depressive thoughts are lingering in your mind more than feelings of joy and happiness with your new baby, you talk to someone you trust and seek help. 

 

Out of control anxiety

It is very common for new mothers with postpartum depression to deal with a lot of anxiety. Often this anxiety plays along with fear for your child, like finding yourself fearing that something totally irrational will happen to your baby.

A significant sign that your anxiety has gotten out of control is finding yourself suffering from panic attacks.

This can include:

  • rapid heart rate
  • sweating
  • nausea

 

Hostile feelings towards your baby

It is perfectly normal to feel a bit stressed when your baby hasn’t slept in what feels like forever.

However, if you find yourself not wanting to take care of your baby or feel resentful, you may likely have postpartum depression.

 

Guilt

Constantly feeling guilty and inadequate, especially as a mother, is a clear sign that something is not right.

Do you having thoughts racing through your head like:

  • “I’m not supposed to be a mom.”
  • “I wish I could run away.”
  • “I should disappear. It would be better for everyone.”
  • “My baby deserves better than me.”

These are lies your PPD brain is telling you. Thoughts like this can be dangerous, scary, confusing, sad, etc.,

I’ve been there. I’ve said these things to myself and believed it with everything in me.

It’s not true!

You are enough for your baby, and you are doing fantastic. 

 

Exhaustion

While it is normal to feel tired with a new baby at home, this should ma a major part of your life, preventing you from bonding with your baby and enjoying being a new mother.

 

Major appetite changes

It is common for mothers to feel really hungry in the first few weeks postpartum.

The body heals, adjusts, and turns focus to milk production if you are breastfeeding.

Many mothers with postpartum depression can find that their appetites have dropped. They feel tired, nauseous, or suffer from headaches. 

If you find yourself unable to eat or have to force yourself to eat meals, this could be a sign that you are dealing with PPD. This could hurt milk supply and also decrease the nutrients your baby is receiving.

 

Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby

Postpartum depression can have varying levels from high functioning to a danger to yourself and others.

If you find yourself feeling that you want to hurt yourself or your child, seek help eminently.

Most emergency rooms have psychiatric staff on call to help you cope with these feelings before acting on them without even realizing you are. 

 

Insomnia

Many times, PPD fills you with so much anxiety and worry that sleep becomes even more scarce.

Distinguishing between sleep deprivation and postpartum depression can be difficult, especially as one condition can aggravate the other.

Typically, PPD related insomnia will be paired with at least one of the above symptoms.

 

When to get help for postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is often ignored until the mother has hit her breaking point.

The symptoms can be passed off by loved ones when you talk about it as the baby blues or just standard form after having a baby. 

For many generations, postpartum depression was normal because it was just to be expected and would go untreated with comments about how sad it is when something happens.

The truth is postpartum depression is not “normal” for having a baby, and you should not accept that as an answer.

Getting the help you need to enjoy your time with your baby is what should be considered normal. 

If you feel that your depression is getting in the way of bonding with your baby or your partner.

You should seek help. Another sign you may need to seek help is if you are having a difficult time functioning, you should seek help. 

Postpartum depression left untreated can rob you of some of the best months to bond with your baby, making every moment it is under control worth it

 

How to find help for postpartum depression

  • If you suspect that you have postpartum depression, you should make a call to your doctor right away to seek help. The faster you get help for your postpartum depression, the faster you can feel good again and get back to enjoying your time with your new baby as you deserve. 
  • If you are already seeing a mental health professional, talk to them about your struggles to receive a change in your treatment plan. 
  • If you do not have access to a doctor at this time, there are several excellent online resources that you can use for postpartum depression treatment.  Check out HelloAlpha.com or Talkspace for help with mild postpartum depression. 
  • If you feel your depression has become an emergency, do not shy away from seeking help in the local emergency room. Medical professionals can set you up with an evaluation and follow-up care, including medications, to help you feel better faster.

These are the top postpartum symptoms to look out for. Postpartum depression is a serious issue that robs thousands of mothers of the joy of motherhood early on each year.

It is more than just feeling sad and can interrupt your happiness in life or your ability to properly care for your baby and yourself.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PPD, seeking help is key to get back on track. 

 

Postpartum Symptoms to Look Out For

It’s hard to ask for help when it comes to PPD. There is a stigma around being a new mom and people expecting you to be on cloud 9. There is the fear of judgment, not being taken seriously, fear of failure, and the list goes on. 

You need to remember that by seeking help, you will be able to be a better version of yourself and FEEL more like yourself.

I want to leave you with this. If you are in the thick of postpartum depression, brighter days are ahead.

 

If you are feeling any of the above postpartum symptoms, remember the feelings will not last forever, to get help immediately, and that YOU deserve and will again have sunnier days.

 
 
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I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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Hi, I’m Morgan! I created this platform to be able to share my life, help normalize big topic motherhood issues, and help simplify all the things I learned the complicated way. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between

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