- Step 1: Notice prolonged disturbing feelings Take note of constant feelings of sadness, shame, inadequacy, or emptiness that continue past the first two weeks after childbirth.
- Step 2: Check for loss of appetite Look for loss in appetite or a drastic change in weight.
- Step 3: Examine lack of motivation Think about whether you lack energy or motivation, or have difficulty completing tasks.
- TIP: This condition often results in a loss of pleasure in anything about your daily life.
- Step 4: Look for problems bonding Watch for signs that you may be having difficulty bonding with your baby, family, or friends.
- Step 5: Be aware of harmful thoughts Be aware of thoughts about harming yourself or your baby.
- Step 6: Understand the condition Understand that postpartum depression does not mean you're a bad mom and know that there is help available. If any of these symptoms are present, talk to your doctor immediately.
- FACT: After childbirth, 50 to 80 percent of women experience "baby blues," a temporary depression that usually goes away within 10 days.
You Will Need
- Knowledge of the symptoms
- Medical attention