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Parenting: Overcoming postpartum depression during quarantine

Posted at 5:00 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 07:04:28-04

It is not easy being a new mom.

Whether it is your first child or fourth child there are challenges.

"Postpartum is not something to be ashamed of and it doesn't discriminate," Evie Robinson, RN and Pregnancy Navigator with Our Lady of Lourdes, said. "It happens to anyone. Just because you didn't have it with one pregnancy doesn't mean it won't happen with the next."

Quarantine can make postpartum depression even worse.

"Try and get all hands on deck for help as much as possible and anyway as possible," Robinson suggested. "Facetime with grandma, aunts, uncles, and friends. That way you won't feel so socially distanced out there. There are forums out there where moms can connect with other new moms. You feel like you're in a support group and you're not so isolated and alone. This is so different than anything any of us have encountered."

While these times are different, there is help available.

It is just about recognizing the signs and not being ashamed to reach out.

"It's okay to be aware of signs and symptoms of depression and reach out for help," Robinson started."If you feel that something is not right, you're not feeling like you did before, and the expectations are different--that can really overwhelm moms and make them feel sad. It's okay."

Some signs to look for if you are someone you know may be experiencing postpartum depression:

  • Excessive crying
  • Not wanting to get out of bed
  • Feelings that you aren't being a good mom
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feeling of shame

Robinson suggested that new moms reach out to their OB or pediatrician. She said that newborns see their pediatrician frequently, meaning Mom will too.
Develop a relationship with your child's doctor and they will be able to pickup on signs that you may be experiencing postpartum.

Robinson also suggest, before baby arrives, to have a game plan. Make sure that family members are there to lend support--even if that is through FaceTime.

Family members and friends--make sure to check in on Mom. Ask her questions and play close attention to her demeanor while she is in quarantine with baby.

More information:

Postpartum Support International - includes online resources for for new moms, their partners, and healthcare professionals and a helpline at 1-800-944-4773.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use their web chat on suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.

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