Managing anxiety and depression as a new mom

Expecting a new baby can leave you feeling both excited and nervous. Maybe you feel alone, overwhelmed or worried about being a new mom or taking care of your baby. This is normal. Watch for signs of anxiety and depression. Then talk about them with your care provider at your prenatal and postpartum appointments.

Anxiety is more than just feeling worried

Having anxiety can look different for every mom. You might have anxiety if you:

  • Start feeling disorganized
  • Feel like you can’t cope
  • Feel alone or frightened
  • Can’t focus on a task

Managing anxiety could include the following

  • Getting plenty of sleep (both at night and during daytime naps)
  • Limiting time spent on the news and electronics.
  • Staying hydrated
  • Avoiding foods that are high in fat or sugar.
  • Calling family and friends
  • Prioritizing self-care

Depression is more than just feeling sad

Depression is a real illness that requires the help of a care provider to get better. You might be facing depression if you have:

  • Loss of energy or increased anger
  • Feelings of guilt, helplessness or feeling down
  • Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping more than usual
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Problems concentrating and making decisions

Treatment options for depression might include the following

  • Taking medications that are safe for you and your baby
  • Seeing a mental health practitioner
  • Connecting with other moms

Managing depression and mental health concerns should always be done with your care provider.