When you become a mother, your life transforms in many ways. The responsibilities of being a parent can seem overwhelming at times, not to mention the many physical and emotional changes you experience as you and your children mature.
At Rochester Regional Health, we provide the care you need to lead a vital life and be a healthy mom.
Infant and newborn nutrition
Our nurses and lactation consultants provide support for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding while you are in the hospital and after you return home.
After giving birth, you may experience dramatic mood swings, sadness and crying spells that can last for days at a time. Known as the “baby blues" this emotional roller coaster affects 70 percent to 85 percent of new moms.
If symptoms last more than two weeks, it could be a sign that you have postpartum depression (PPD). This condition is caused by a variety of physical, biochemical, and hormonal factors. You should discuss your symptoms with your physician.
Common risk factors for postpartum depression include:
Warning signs for postpartum depression include:
- Changes in appetite
- Crying spells
- Fear of being alone
- Feelings of guilt, sadness or anger
- Forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating
- Lack of interest in your baby and other things you normally enjoy
- Severe insomnia
- Withdrawal and wanting to be alone
If you experience postpartum depression, call your physician to discuss a treatment plan.