Support for Pregnancy-Related Depression
Pregnancy can be exciting, scary, thrilling and difficult all at the same time. Many women feel anxious or depressed; in fact it is one of the most common complications of pregnancy. Symptoms can begin during pregnancy or after delivery. Up to 80% of women experience some Baby Blues after birth, but if the symptoms last longer than two weeks or make it difficult to provide care for the baby, it might be depression. Talking with a medical or mental health provider can help.
What to Do If You or Someone You Know is Depressed
The good news is that there are many things that can help! Talk with your medical provider about how you feel. Talk with a counselor or therapist. Things like talking with a trusted partner or friend, getting more sleep, eating a healthy diet, physical activity and deep breathing can also be helpful. Remember that you are not alone.
Tri-County Health Department is offering no cost support groups in English and Spanish languages in Adams County. MamaTalk is a great way for pregnant and post-delivery moms to connect with other moms. Each group has snacks, arts and crafts and is all about the joys and challenges of motherhood. We will even give you a gift card for attending! Call Emma at 303-255-6261 for details.
Visit www.postpartum.net/colorado to get more information about pregnancy-related depression and find Colorado coordinators who can give you support and resources in your area. Or call 1.800.944.4773 to get confidential, free and immediate support.(se habla español). If you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or 911. Every mom deserves to feel well.
Support for Latina Moms
The State health department recently expanded a pregnancy-related depression and anxiety campaign to reach Latina moms. Pregnant and new moms can get the support they need through resources available here.