Dealing with mood changes after you’ve had your baby

Dealing with mood changes after you’ve had your baby

Having a newborn can be overwhelming, it’s normal to feel blue, irritable, or overwhelmed during the first couple of weeks. If these feelings last longer than two weeks or seem overwhelming, get in touch with your health care provider.

A lot of new moms experience a condition called postpartum mood disorder, and many of them never seek help. Want to know if what you, or a loved one, are experiencing might be postpartum mood disorder? Here’s short handout that can help you identify postpartum mood disorder and find the right help. Or, this two-question screening tool from can help you identify if what you are feeling might be postpartum mood disorder. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned.

If you feel you need help right now, call 9-1-1, go to your nearest hospital, or contact the Crisis Intervention Program at Health Sciences North’s 127 Cedar St. offices. (705-675-4760).

Health Sciences North also operates the Perinatal Mental Health Program at their downtown location which provides a supportive and caring atmosphere for mothers and families experiencing mental illness in the perinatal period. Call (705) 523-4988 to find out if this program can help you- no referral is required.

The Sudbury and District Health Unit’s nurse-on-call telephone support service can put you in touch with a registered nurse who can listen to your concerns and provide you with advice. The service is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (705) 522-9200 ext 342.

NISA offers M.O.M.S./Mothers Offering Mutual Support, a peer support group offered by and for women who have experienced these mood changes and challenges.* M.O.M.S. provides a safe space to talk about these changes and connect with peers. You must pre-register for this group. Please call 705-222-6472.

Here are some other resources:

  • The Canadian Mental Health Association  website provides an overview of postpartum depression. They have also published a two-page pamphlet describing postpartum depression.
  • Managing Depression: A Self-help Skills Resource for Women Living With Depression During Pregnancy, After Delivery and Beyond - This workbook is for women living with depression during pregnancy, after delivery and beyond; and their clinicians or service providers. It provides information about depression and healthy lifestyles behaviours, and skills for managing depression. Concerned partners, family members or friends may also find this resource helpful.
  • The Ontario Health Nexus has also created a website called life with a new baby specific to postpartum mood disorder. You can also view a video they created which talks about postpartum mood disorder and interviews real moms and their families.

This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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