April 15, 2015
Giving birth and bringing a new baby home to the family is an exciting and magical time for parents. There is nothing sweeter than those first few weeks of baby noises, baby smells and sweet moments of bonding. However, with these sweet moments there can also come moments of stress and exhaustion, and these can take their toll on women. While “baby blues” have always been associated with the normal fluctuation of hormones after a new baby is born, Postpartum Depression is a more severe issue that can have stark consequences for a new mother and her baby. At Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. we realize that some women are more affected by the fluctuation of hormones and the stresses of motherhood than others, and we do not want this depression to go ignored and untreated. Our entire staff is sensitive to the needs of our patients, and we are here to help.
Postpartum depression occurs in up to 15% of deliveries. While most cases begin in the first few weeks after delivery, onset of symptoms can be delayed for several months – especially for women who are breast feeding and whose hormones remain at a much higher level than those who are not breast feeding. Signs of postpartum depression include:
• Depressed mood
• Extreme Fatigue
• Poor appetite
• Lack of interest in baby
• Feelings of failure as a mother
• Poor concentration
• Suicidal thoughts
Any of these signs should be discussed with your health care provider immediately. Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. is made up of six experienced physicians and a dedicated team of nurses and medical assistants who are sensitive to the special needs of women in every stage of life. We are committed to mixing our excellent medical care with sensitivity and compassion for all of our patients.
If you are having any signs of postpartum depression following the birth of your baby (or babies), please do not put off making an appointment with us. We are here to help you walk through this time, and we can offer solutions to your depression so that you and your baby can thrive.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Carlos Alarcon, Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.