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Your doctor plays an important role in the postpartum recovery. The postpartum period is the first six weeks after your baby is born. A health check during this time is your chance to make sure you’re healing well and ask your provider questions about your health.
Adjusting to everyday life after the birth of a baby has unique challenges. While it’s important to care for your baby, it’s also important to take care of yourself. A routine can help you adjust quickly to your new reality.
Here are some tips for an easier transition:
It’s normal to get the baby blues. Most new mothers experience mood swings or negative feelings right after giving birth. Baby blues are caused by hormonal changes. Still, the baby blues are different from postpartum depression. Symptoms that last for more than two weeks may signal postpartum depression and require medical treatment. If you think you are depressed or feel sad for longer than two weeks after giving birth, talk with your health care provider or seek the help of a mental health professional.
Other symptoms can include crying spells, feeling unhappy about being a parent, and a loss of interest in things you normally enjoy. Thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself or your baby are rare, but should be addressed right away. If you have these thoughts, reach out to your provider immediately. In case of emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
If you need help (including finding a provider or mental health professional), please call us at the number on the back of your BCBSIL ID card. There is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed. We are here to help.
Please remember, this information should not be considered complete or used in place of a visit with your doctor. Always talk to your health care provider about any questions or concerns you may have. Call and schedule your visit today.
Originally published 6/8/2020; Revised 2022
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