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Mental and Emotional Support

It is normal to feel excited, joyful, anxious, or overwhelmed as you adjust to a new baby. You may even feel all of these emotions in a short period of time. Hormonal changes, lack of sleep, and new responsibilities can make you feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster.

If you are ever concerned about how you’re feeling, talk with someone now.

Signs and Take Action!

  • Feel hopeless and total despair
  • Feel out of touch with reality (you may see or hear things other people don’t)
  • Feel that you may hurt yourself or your baby
  • Have feelings of intense anxiety that hit with no warning
  • Have little interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Feel very anxious around the baby and your other children

Get help now!

  • Get help. Contact your health care provider or visit a clinic.
  • Call 9-1-1 for immediate help.
  • Call Postpartum Support International at 1-800-944-4PPD (4773) to speak to a volunteer who can provide support and resources in your area.
  • Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free and confidential emotional support—they talk about more than just suicide.
  • Call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Locator at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to find a health care provider in your area.

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