During pregnancy or after the baby is born 1 in 5 women may experience difficult moods (Perinatal Mood Disorders) including depression and anxiety. Men can also experience emotional difficulty. Have you had some of these symptoms for more than two weeks? You may:

  • Not feel like yourself
  • Be sad and tearful
  • Feel exhausted, but unable to sleep
  •  Have changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Feel overwhelmed and can’t concentrate
  • Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feel hopeless or frustrated
  • Feel restless, irritable or angry
  •  Feel extremely high and full of energy
  • Feel anxious – you may feel this as aches, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, tingling or “lump” in the throat
  • Feel guilty and ashamed, thinking you are not a good parent
  • Not bond with the baby, or feel afraid to be alone with the baby q Have repeated scary thoughts about the baby

Very rarely women may feel like hurting themselves or their baby. If this happens to you or a loved one, get help right away. Call 911, go to your local hospital emergency department, or call the Here 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-844-437-3247 (HERE247).

This is not your fault. You are not alone. There is help available.

A parent’s mental health and wellness is important to the family’s wellbeing. Talking with someone you trust about the way you are feeling can help you get the care you need. This may include counselling, support groups or medication ordered by your health care provider.

Don’t wait! There is help for you and your family

If you are experiencing a lot of stress or other mental health concerns, reach out for help from: • Your health care provider (family doctor, midwife, nurse, obstetrician/gynecologist [OB/GYN]) • Your counsellor, social worker or clergy
• Region of Waterloo Public Health 519-575-4400

• Call 1-844-437-3247 (HERE 247) to access addictions, mental health and crisis services

• Mental Health Services – Information Ontario: 1-866-531-2600 (24 hours a day)

Source: Best Start, 2013 (www.beststart.org)

Written by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services

Updated November 2016

For more information contact your health care provider or local public health.

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Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The Parentguide.ca website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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