Pregnancy and coronavirus: Postpartum depression symptoms and tips

By | May 27, 2021

woman with postpartum depressionUnderstandably, many people are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, stress and sadness during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For expectant mothers and women who recently had a baby, postpartum depression is a real concern, and certain pressurized moments can ignite or magnify common symptoms of depression.

In times like these, it is imperative for moms and loved ones to recognize potential warning signs and consult with a healthcare provider for additional support. Learn more about the common symptoms of postpartum depression and the resources available to help stay on top of mental health.

Common symptoms of postpartum depression:

  1. Feelings of sadness, anxiousness or “empty” mood
  2. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness
  3. Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  4. Trouble concentrating, feeling withdrawn from friends, family and/or baby

Resources to help with postpartum depression:

  1. Books:
    1. This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression (Karen R. Kleiman, Valerie D. Raskin)
    2. Intensive Parenting (Deborah L. Davis)
    3. Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook (Kevin Gyoerkoe)
  2. Blogs:
    1. I’m Listening (Jane Honikman) – Survivorship & Advocacy
    2. Ivy’s PPD Blog (Ivy Shih Leung) – Personal Growth & Community
    3. Postpartum Progress (Amber Koter-Puline) – Personal Stories & Progress
  3. Other:
    1. Postpartum Support International (PSI) –
      1. PSI Helpline: (800) 944-4773
      2. PSI Text line: (503) 894-9453
      3. PSI online (find local resources, depression and anxiety screenings, online support groups)
    2. Mom and Mind Podcast (hosted by Dr. Katayune Kaeni, a psychologist and specialist in perinatal mental health)

Please note: Official guidance related to pregnancy and COVID-19 will continue to evolve as more information becomes available. Please refer to the CDC for the latest information and additional resources.

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Sources: National Institute of Mental Health

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