When It’s More Than the Blues
Some women - up to 20% - experience more intense feelings of sadness and anger after giving birth. This is called postpartum depression. Symptoms may include:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness and hopelessness.
- Uncontrollable crying.
- Exhaustion and fatigue.
- Poor concentration or confusion.
- Memory loss.
- Change in appetite.
- Feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
- Lack of interest in the baby.
- Worrying that something bad will happen to the baby.
- Fear of harming yourself or the baby.
These feelings do not go away after a few weeks. They are signs that you need extra help. Your health and the health of your new baby are very important. If you think you have postpartum depression, please get help.
If You Need Extra Help
Would you like to talk with someone about how you’re feeling? Missouri Care can help!
We can help you get an appointment with a behavioral health professional in your area. This person can help you with your feelings. You may be able to get medications to help you feel better. Call Missouri Care’s Behavioral Health Services at 1-800-322-6027.
After You Deliver
Having a baby is an overwhelming experience. Many women get the “baby blues” after giving birth. You may cry for no apparent reason. You may feel irritable, impatient, anxious, and restless. You may even feel you cannot handle caring for your baby. These feelings are very common and may appear a few days after you deliver. These feelings usually go away after a few weeks.
What you can do? Help yourself deal with your feelings by doing one or more of the following:
- Talk with family or friends about how you’re feeling.
- Talk with your Parents as Teachers educator.
- Talk with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) or the provider who gave you prenatal care.
- Try to find a mother’s support group/play group in your area.
- Get as much rest as you can - nap when the baby naps or ask someone to care for the baby while you take a nap.
- Set priorities - let the housework go another day or ask someone to help you with housework.
Please Don’t Wait to Feel Better!
Call Missouri Care’s Behavioral Health Services today at 1-800-322-6027.
Many of the following resources do not have toll-free numbers.
You may be able to access the websites at your local library.
Parental Stress Helpline
Phone number: 1-800-367-2543 (toll-free)
Postpartum Stress Center
Phone number: 610-525-7527 (long distance)
Postpartum Support International
Phone number: 805-967-7636 (long distance)
If you have questions about your health care benefits, call Missouri Care at 1-800-322-6027. Missouri Care Behavioral Health Crisis Line 1-800-322-6027.