Managing anxiety and depression as a new mom
Expecting a new baby can leave you feeling both excited and nervous. And COVID-19 has only created more uncertainty for new moms.
Maybe you feel alone because of social distancing or are worried about you or your baby getting sick. 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.