When you experience depression and anxiety, it affects how you feel, your thoughts, what you say and what you do. It may also affect your relationship with your partner and others. Taking care of yourself and your baby can be difficult.

Understand Your Illness

Postpartum Depression is the most common medical problem after having a baby. You can increase your ability to care for yourself and your baby by having a better understanding about:

Speak to Your Doctor or Nurse

There are different ways to treat depression. When depression is left untreated, it can have serious effects on you and your baby. You may need counselling and/or medication to get better.

  • Talk with your partner when thinking about treatment
  • Discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option with your doctor or nurse and make an informed decision
  • You may need to try a few options until you find what works best for you
  • Be prepared for a long recovery, postpartum depression cannot be fixed overnight

Take Care of Yourself

There are a number of things you can do to help yourself feel better faster.

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