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Motherhood and Mental Health

Motherhood and Mental Health

Expecting a baby? You may be feeling happy, nervous and excited. Pregnancy can come with many feelings, including feeling anxious and overwhelmed. After giving birth, many new moms experience tiredness, worry and sadness, also known as “baby blues”. These feelings usually go away on their own. 

For some women, these feelings can become severe and interfere with their daily lives. This is known as postpartum depression. If you are experiencing something more than just the “baby blues”, you’re not alone. Postpartum depression occurs in 1 out of 8 women and can happen to anyone. Women may also experience these feelings during pregnancy. 

Symptoms of postpartum depression can include: 

  • Crying more than usual. 
  • Extreme sadness or anger. 
  • Not feeling a connection with your baby. 
  • Worrying about hurting your baby. 
  • Having guilt or doubts about not being a good mom. 

If you are having any of these symptoms, talk to your provider to find a treatment that is right for you. The healthcare staff at Lake Charles Memorial Health System are here to help. The OBGYN physicians at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women are dedicated to the mission of providing comprehensive healthcare specialized for women’s needs – especially for new mothers.  

As a new mom, it can be hard to focus on yourself and your health. however it is essential to your baby's health and well-being. Postpartum depression can happen to anyone. You can prepare by knowing what to look for and getting help when you need it. 

What additional resources are there? 

• Talk to your health care provider about your risk factors for postpartum depression and what to watch out for. An OBGYN, primary care physician, or a behavioral health provider are great resources. To explore our provider options, click here. >>> 

• Call or text the National Maternal Mental Health Hotline at 833-852-6262 (833-TLC-MAMA) for free, 24/7, confidential counselor support. 

• If you are thinking about harming yourself or your baby, get help now. Call 988 for emergency help from the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Immediate emergency care is also available at the emergency room at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Oak Park Blvd – 24/7.  

If you have are feeling unsure of what is “normal” and need to see a physician for yourself or your family, visit to explore our list of primary care physicians, OBGYNs and Behavioral Health physicians that are accepting new patients. Click here to learn more >>> 

Bringing home a baby can be stressful, especially for new parents. The staff at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women are here to educate you and prepare for all-things baby. Explore our list of prenatal and baby care classes by clicking here >>> 

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Health Resources and Services Administration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institute of Child Health and Development