The arrival of your baby is a joyous time, but it can also bring some new challenges. The first six weeks after childbirth are considered the postpartum period. It may take time to feel like yourself again, and we're available with resources and services to support your recovery if you need them.
Caring for yourself after giving birth is as important as caring for your newborn. Your body is recovering and, if you're breastfeeding, your body is also working to feed your baby. Remember to check in with yourself regularly to make sure your mental and physical health are being supported.
It may take time to develop a new routine, but here are some ways to practice postpartum self-care:
- Follow your doctor's orders
- Rest when you can
- Eat healthy meals
- Do some mild exercise
- Enjoy time with your partner and baby
When to Contact Your Doctor
You may have symptoms of anxiety or depression during pregnancy or after childbirth. Preparing for your baby and caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. You may feel "baby blues" after your birth and those feelings may go away after a few weeks. If your feelings of sadness are more intense, you may need treatment to help you recover.
Signs of postpartum depression and anxiety include:
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Frequent crying
- Guilt over not enjoying time with your newborn
- Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of parenthood
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, we're here to support you. Contact your doctor immediately for help. Our compassionate experts can recommend safe, effective treatments to help you enjoy this stage of your life.
See more about Maternal Mental Health.