Pain medication is available for you after the birth of
your baby. Please talk with your nurse about the choices
you have to manage your pain.
Changes in Your Feelings After Birth:
The first few days and weeks after your baby is born is
exciting and tiring. You may have many new feelings it's
normal to feel tired. You have worked hard and your new
family is getting to know one another. Rest when you can.
It's okay to ask family to visit at another time.
Many new mothers feel sad or cry easily for one to two
weeks after the baby is born. This is called having the
"baby blues." Baby blues should go away after about two
weeks. If not, talk to your health care provider.
When the feelings of "baby blues" continue for longer or
start to grow stronger, you may have perinatal mood
disorder. Symptoms of perinatal mood disorder include:
- Feeling sad, alone, worried, or nervous. You may also
feel overwhelmed, irritable and angry. You may not enjoy
being with other people or your baby.
- You may be tired or feel sleepy all the time. You may
have trouble relaxing or sleeping. You may cry easily and
for no apparent reason. You may feel hungry and want to eat
all the time or not want to eat at all. You may feel like
your heart is beating too fast. You may feel sweaty, numb,
or have a tingling sensation. You may worry a lot about
If these feelings last more than two weeks, get help right
away. Talk with your health care provider(s). They will
know how to help.
Some women think about hurting themselves or their baby. If
you feel this way, get help right away. Go to the hospital,
or call your health care provider.
Perinatal Support Groups:
Family Support Groups are a no-cost outlet for ongoing
support and awareness-raising activities that will help
parents of new babies, as well as those dealing with
perinatal depression. The two groups are Shifting the
Family Mobile and Perinatal Family Support. For more
information, or to register for either group, call