Pregnancy, the birth of a baby or an adoption brings physical, emotional and social changes. Adjusting to the new roles and relationships is not always easy. Some women are unaffected while for others, the severity of the mood disorder varies from the normal baby blues to the medical emergency postpartum psychosis. Life with a new baby is stressful for partners and other family members as well.
A postpartum mood disorder is a mental health disorder striking within the first year of giving birth. The resource from Best Start, Life with a new baby is not always what you expect, provides more information about Post Partum Mood Disorders. The resource Managing Depression: A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond describes three depression management skills – reactivating your life, thinking realistically and solving problems.
For local resources visit Mental Health & Wellness (publichealthgreybruce.on.ca).
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