One in Six Women Experience It

Depression is the number one complication of pregnancy and birth. Yet, many mothers and families are not prepared for it. Simply knowing that Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) exist greatly increases the chances of identifying and asking for help.

Postpartum depression doesn’t only show up as sadness. It can look like:

  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Poor self-care
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mood swings
  • Appetite changes
  • Excessive crying
  • and more

While only a healthcare provider can offer treatment, if you, or the new mom in your life, is experiencing any of these symptoms, encourage them that it’s not their fault they feel that way, and that help is available through their OB or primary care physician.

You are not alone. Help is available.

Remember that one in six Montana women experience depression in postpartum. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out for help immediately via one of these resources.

Downloadable Infographics on Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders