Postpartum Depression FAQs

Is there any way to avoid postpartum depression?

You can prepare for postpartum depression just in case you experience it.

  • Set up a nighttime routine with your partner to make sure the baby is cared for
  • Maintain a healthy diet (consider adding omega-3 fish oil)
  • Exercise: walking, prenatal yoga, swimming or Pilates
  • Stay connected with family and friends so you don’t feel isolated
  • Look into counseling, medication and natural or alternative treatments before giving birth
  • Enroll into parenting classes prior to giving birth

If you feel depressed, anxious or upset without any clear reason starting 2-3 days after giving birth, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. In this case, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Hill in Youngstown, Ohio right away or just walk in during business hours.

I am crying, feel depressed and have unwanted thoughts since having my baby. Is this normal?

It is common to feel this way after childbirth. These and other symptoms make up the diagnosis of postpartum depression. There are more than 3 million cases of postpartum depression each year. The good news: it is treatable and resolves within months. If not treated, it can last longer. As your OBGYN doctor, Dr. Hill is qualified to treat this condition. Some other symptoms of postpartum depression include insomnia, hopelessness, anger, panic attacks, fear, loss of appetite, intense irritability, difficulty bonding with the baby and more. If you are in or near Youngstown, Warren, or Salem, Ohio and are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, contact Dr. Rodney Hill today to schedule an appointment or simply walk in during business hours Monday through Friday or Saturdays.

What does postpartum depression feel like?

There are several different emotions associated with postpartum depression. However, each person’s experience is unique. Here’s a list of feelings someone with postpartum depression may have:

  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Guilt
  • Irritated or angry
  • Feeling loss of control
  • Sadness
  • Emptiness or numbness
  • Hopeless
  • Disconnected
  • Fear

I am worried and have scary thoughts. Is this postpartum depression or something else?

This may be considered postpartum anxiety or postpartum OCD. Some symptoms include:

  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling like you have to be doing something at all times:
    • Cleaning bottles, baby clothes, the house & checking on the baby
  • Worrying all the time:
    • Is the baby eating enough?
    • Is there something wrong with the baby I’m missing?
  • Disturbing thoughts
  • Fear of being around the baby due to worries & scary thoughts
  • Avoiding things at home that could potentially cause harm
  • Panic attacks, nausea, headaches, stomach cramps or shakiness
  • Feeling the need to check things constantly:
    • Did I lock the house or car door?
    • Is the baby breathing?
  • Fear that this is the new you, and that you lost the “old you” forever

This is not an exhaustive list. If you feel any of these things, know that it is temporary and treatable! Postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety and related illnesses affect 15-20% of new moms. You don’t have to suffer alone—call Dr. Hill in Youngstown, Ohio to schedule an appointment!

If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, or feel like you or your baby are related to the devil, or are seeing things or hearing voices commenting on your actions or telling you do to do appalling things, get immediate help now. These symptoms suggest postpartum psychosis (found in only .1% of new mothers) but could lead you to do something you ordinarily would not do.

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