Baby Blues & Beyond
Adjusting to parenthood can be difficult, even if this is not your first baby. You may be experiencing unfamiliar emotions or noticing different behaviors and wondering why do I feel this way? Is this "baby blues" or something else? "Baby blues" is a normal adjustment period of exhaustion and sadness that resolves on its own in two weeks or less. If symptoms last more than two weeks or are greatly impacting your quality of life or ability to function, please contact a professional.
If you are:
-unable to control your mood
-physically or emotionally exhausted
-having thoughts that scare you
We can help!!
Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) can occur during pregnancy and anytime in the first year postpartum. PMADS is an umbrella term describing pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety, postpartum OCD, postpartum PTSD, bipolar peripartum onset, and postpartum psychosis. 1 in 5 moms and 1 in 10 dads will experience a mental health complication after the birth of a child. This is not your fault, you did nothing to cause it, and there is help available. Our staff understands and can offer resource suggestions. Give us a call at 309-662-0504 and select option 1 for a nurse.
For a list of additional Signs & Symptoms, visit https://postpartumprogress.com/the-symptoms-of-postpartum-depression-anxiety-in-plain-mama-english
Surviving To Thriving local peer to peer support group for pregnant moms through 2 years postpartum experiencing symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. www.facebook.com/s2tmoms
- A place to learn you are not alone, be directed to resources, and find the hope to heal. [email protected]
Dads Uplifting Dads www.facebook.com/DadsUpliftingDads
- local support group for dads in any stage of life. [email protected]
NorthShore Moms Hotline 866-364-MOMS (866-364-6667)
- Free and confidential. Staffed 24/7 by licensed counselors. They can offer reassurance and refer to resources.
National Maternal Health Hotline 833-TLC-MAMA (833-852-6262)
Other Helpful websites
**disclaimer: If you are hearing or seeing things that aren't there, feeling paranoid like someone is out to get you, feeling like you are in touch with a higher power, or having suicidal thoughts, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department. These can be signs of a rare but serious condition called postpartum psychosis.