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Postpartum Mood Disorder

You’re not alone, help is available.

Feeling sad, empty or anxious after your baby's birth?

Up to 80% of women feel sad or anxious during the first few weeks after childbirth. If these feelings continue or get worse, you may have Postpartum Mood Disorder (PPMD).

Symptoms of PPMD include:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or anxious 
  • Having a fear of being alone with your baby
  • Feeling hopeless, sad or lonely
  • Changes to sleeping and eating patterns
  • Fear that you may harm yourself or your baby  

The Blackdog Institute in Australia, offers an online self-test for depression during pregnancy and postnatal.

There is help. Know where to turn.

You can get help from a number of sources in the community, including:

With information from Mother Reach Ontario.