Postpartum Concerns

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders

The transition to motherhood comes with joy and happiness, but also many challenges. Getting back into shape after having a baby takes time and patience. You have new nutrition and fitness needs as a new mom.

Pregnancy and childbirth are major life events for women and their families.

Some of your reactions and emotions may even surprise you, especially if they seem negative. Hormones and emotions are closely connected. These changes, along with the lack of sleep in the first few days after having a baby, can cause mood swings leading to sudden bouts of sadness or crying. 

In some women, hormonal changes can lead to the following:

While not all postpartum mood disorders are preventable, there are some ways to lower your risk. If things seem to be getting worse despite your efforts or you are worried about the way you are feeling/thinking, ask your doctor to talk to a Woman’s social worker about different treatment options.

If you need immediate assistance:
  • Call your doctor
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency department 
  • Call The Phone (crisis line) at 225-924-3900

Postpartum Moods or Pregnancy/Infant Loss Support

Please refer to this list of Resources for Perinatal Loss »


Urgent Warning Signs

You know your body best

After Pregnancy

While your new baby needs a lot of attention and care, it’s important to remain aware of your own body and take care of yourself, too. It’s normal to feel tired and have some pain, particularly in the first few weeks after having a baby, but there are some symptoms that could be signs of more serious problems.

If you need additional support, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Tips and Guide to Help Start the Conversation » | En Español »

If you have any of these urgent maternal warning symptoms [pdf] during or after pregnancy, contact your health care provider and get help right away. En Español »

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