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May is maternal mental health month. Here’s what you should know about postpartum depression

Giving birth is usually a time full of joy and happiness. Bringing a new baby into a family is a lifelong dream for many, with months spent preparing for the wonder of welcoming a new life into the world.

But the days and weeks after giving birth can also be full of stress, anxiety, and sadness. Some of those emotions are to be expected as families figure out new routines, deal with middle-of-the-night awakenings, and cope with crying babies.

However, if you’re a new mom struggling with sadness, extreme exhaustion, excessive anxiety, or feelings of worthlessness, you may be facing postpartum depression and should reach out to your physician for help.

 

Read the full story on Northern Virginia Magazine.