A new mother who has any symptoms of postpartum depression should contact her doctor or nurse right away to get help.
Here are some other helpful tips:
- Ask your partner, family, and friends for help with the baby's needs and in the home.
- Don't hide your feelings. Talk about them with your partner, family, and friends.
- Don't make any major life changes during pregnancy or right after giving birth.
- Don't try to do too much, or to be perfect.
- Make time to go out, visit friends, or spend time alone with your partner.
- Rest as much as you can. Sleep when the baby is sleeping.
- Talk with other mothers or join a support group.
The treatment for depression after birth often includes medication, therapy, or both. Breastfeeding will play a role in what medicine your doctor recommends. You may be referred to a mental health specialist. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) are types of talk therapy that often help postpartum depression.
Support groups may be helpful, but they should not replace medication or talk therapy if you have postpartum depression.
Having good social support from family, friends, and coworkers may help reduce the seriousness of postpartum depression.