Feelings After the Birth of Your Baby
Postpartum Depression (PPD) can occur during pregnancy or within the first year of having a baby. Some signs and symptoms of Postpartum Depression (PPD) may include:
- Being sad or tearful
- Feeling tired but unable to sleep
- Changes in eating or sleeping pattern
- Feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, frustrated, anxious, restless, irritable or angry
It is important for women to seek help early. Talk to your health care provider or contact a public health nurse for more information or support. To learn more about Postpartum Depression (PPD), how you can treat it and where to find supports check out these links:
Additional Supports and Resources
- Mental Health and Postpartum Depression – Pregnancy Info
- Pacific Postpartum Support Society
- Postpartum Mood Disorder
- Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network
Physical Changes After Delivery
Your body has gone through many physical changes to create and bring life into the world. Some of these changes you may have expected and some you may not have known about. To find out more about postpartum recovery check out the Pregnancy Info resource. If you feel like something is wrong or have any concerns, please contact your health care provider.
Breastmilk is the only food or drink that babies need for the first 6 months of life. Breastfeeding is recommended for up to 2 years and beyond. To learn more about feeding your baby, visit the Babies & Children section of the website.
Get breastfeeding support soon after your baby arrives. Even if you’re not having problems, checking in with a Public Health Nurse can be very helpful. Early support can boost your confidence to know your baby is doing well.
Check out the Infant Feeding Clinic schedule to find a clinic near you, or call the Health ACTION Line at 1-800-660-5853 to access support right away.
Partners need to allow themselves time to adjust to their new role as a parent. The early days of parenting can be overwhelming and confusing. Research shows that children who are raised by involved parents have increased self-esteem, do better in school, and have positive social and language skills. Check out some of these great resources for more information:
Transition to Parenting
Having a realistic outlook is an important part of becoming a parent. Taking care of yourself and maintaining healthy relationships with help you have a successful transition. Check out the links below for information to support you in the journey of parenthood: