Having a baby is a life-changing experience. But for many women, those changes extend beyond the challenges of getting to know a newborn, adjusting to sleep disruptions, and having to develop new routines. As many as 80% of new mothers experience the "baby blues," a type of depression. For some women, the hormonal and biochemical changes after birth cause a serious illness known as postpartum depression, or PPD. PPD is treatable, and with support, help with infant care, and understanding the disorder, you can begin healing and enjoying life with your baby.

The Causes and Symptoms of PPD

PPD is associated with fluctuations and changes in hormones. Other factors, like a previous history of mental illness, social isolation, and stress — especially with a difficult pregnancy — also increase risk.

Those who experience PPD do so differently, and symptoms vary. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness, or sadness
  • Changes in eating and sleeping
  • Frequent crying
  • Brain fog and memory loss
  • Feelings of anxiety or panic
  • Overconcern or fears of hurting the baby
  • Difficulty bonding
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You should discuss any of these symptoms with your doctor. Most importantly, if you have thoughts about hurting yourself or your baby, seek immediate help. 

Getting Help for PPD

PPD is treatable in many ways. Your doctor may recommend therapy or medication, and you can ease your symptoms significantly with self-care. Allow your friends and family to help with the baby, or take advantage of infant care offered at a child development center. Give yourself time to rest. 

Additionally, take care of yourself by maintaining a healthy diet, getting fresh air and exercise, and doing your best to sleep when you can. This may require relaxing your house-cleaning standards and eating healthy takeout more than usual. Accepting that infant care requires most of your energy and attention will help you feel more in control. Understanding that your feelings are temporary will also help you work through PPD. 


If you are dealing with symptoms of PPD, talk with your doctor right away for help.  And if you decide you need additional help with infant care, turn to the professionals at Academic Advantage Child Development Center in Lincoln, NE. For almost 20 years, this licensed child development center has offered high-quality care for children from infancy through school age, focusing on building academic skills. Call (402) 465-4769  today, and learn more about their infant and toddler programs online.