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Postpartum Depression (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Postpartum Depression

Call your health care professional in any of the following situations:

  • When you have mood swings or feel depressed for more than a few days after the birth of your baby
  • When you feel you are unable to cope with the daily activities in your life, including caring for your newborn or your other children
  • When you have strong feelings of depression or anger one to two months after childbirth

Call a neighbor, friend, or loved one who is nearby and 911 right away if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Inability to sleep more than two hours per night
  • Thoughts of hurting or killing yourself
  • Thoughts of hurting your baby or other children
  • Hearing voices or seeing things
  • Thoughts that your baby is evil
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/24/2014

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