These are just some of the ways moms with PPD feel.

Prenatal and Postpartum Depression (PPD) describes a number of feelings and symptoms that may occur during the perinatal period—from pregnancy through the first year following childbirth. Having PPD does not mean you must feel depressed or "down."  It is different in everyone it touches, but most share some or all of these symptoms:

Baby Blues

Prenatal/Postpartum Depression or Anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Panic Disorder


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

80% of new moms

15-20% of new moms



Rare: 1-2 per 1000


Begins in the 1st week after childbirth

Onset anytime from pregnancy thru the 1st year after childbirth



Typical onset 2-3 days postpartum


May last a week or two, but will subside on its own




5% suicide rate, 4% infanticide rate









Excessive Worry

Intrusive, repetitive, persistent thoughts

Periods of extreme anxiety


Recurrent nightmares


Difficulty Making decisions; feeling overwhelmed, can’t “Think Straight”

Thoughts of harm coming to the baby

Difficulty breathing, chest pain, feelings of choking or smothering

Delusional Thinking

Extreme Anxiety


Sleep difficulties-cannot/too much

Tremendous sense of horror and disgust of these thoughts often accompanied by avoidance behaviors in order to cope (i.e. hiding knives)

Hot/Cold flashes, shaking, numbness, palpitations

Delirium, Mania

Reliving past traumatic events (for example, childbirth, emotional, sexual or physical)

Mood Instability

Feelings of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, phobias

Repetitive behaviors (counting, cleaning)

Fears of dying, going crazy

*Requires Immediate Medical Care


Lack of Concentration

Physical symptoms/complaints without apparent cause


Restlessness, irritability




Discomfort or detachment around the baby


Excessive worry, including fear of more panic attacks




Changes in Appetite






Loss of Interest or Pleasure





Are you having scary thoughts?
Here's some great information from our friends at The Postpartum Stress Center  

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