Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression occurs in 1 out of 10 women in the postpartum period. It can begin any time after birth and may appear for up to a year after delivery. Contact your healthcare practitioner if any of these symptoms lasts for more than two weeks or get worse:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless or overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Being excessively worried, irritated or restless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Having no energy or motivation
  • Feeling uninterested
  • Having a lack of focus and concentration, withdrawal
  • Feeling worthless and guilty
  • Eating too little or too much
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Having headaches, chest pains, heart palpitations or hyperventilation


  • National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: Call or Text 1-833-943-5746 (in English and Spanish)
  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • MAMA Hotline: Call or Text 1-833-852-6262 (in English and Spanish)