Compassion, understanding and support
In the days and weeks after pregnancy and delivery, you will experience various changes as your body adjusts. This 12-week postpartum period following the birth of your baby – also known as the fourth trimester – is an important time to continue focusing on ongoing care.
Our maternity experts specialize in postpartum treatment and care, helping ensure your long-term health.
Postpartum/4th trimester conditions
Before delivery, your provider may review your risk factors for potential conditions including hemorrhage and other disorders that could occur during the fourth trimester. These may include blood clots, skin conditions or heart conditions.
Our highly trained specialists will develop a care plan to manage your recovery during the fourth trimester and any conditions that might occur.
Physical and pelvic health in the 4th trimester
Pain and leakage after childbirth are common postpartum conditions that can worsen over time. A pelvic physical therapist can help you manage your symptoms and reduce discomfort. And no referral is usually required.
Postpartum depression and baby blues
The terms postpartum depression (PPD) and "baby blues" are often used interchangeably. Although these fourth trimester conditions may have similar symptoms, they generally differ in terms of timeline and the severity of symptoms.
Baby blues can involve mood swings, irritability and sadness, with symptoms typically lasting up to two weeks after childbirth. This condition occurs in four out of five women.
Postpartum depression symptoms are usually more severe, resulting in extreme stress, aggression or feelings of detachment. PPD surfaces within weeks or months after delivery and can last a year or longer. One out of five women experience postpartum depression.
What causes postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression can happen because of physical changes to your estrogen, progesterone or thyroid hormones after giving birth. Stress and sleep deprivation can also contribute to PPD.
There isn't one specific cause of postpartum depression, but certain factors can increase your risk. Talk to your caregiver to understand your postpartum symptoms and the treatment options available.
Make sure to talk to your doctor about any physical or emotional changes you may experience after delivery. They will help evaluate you and work with you on a plan to help address any concerns.
Postpartum depression symptoms
Postpartum depression symptoms can make it hard to perform everyday tasks or care for your baby. These symptoms can increase or linger for weeks. Addressing postpartum depression early can improve the bond between you and your baby and boost your sense of well-being and happiness.
Postpartum depression symptoms may include:
- Feelings that you're not a good mother
- Severe mood swings
- Appetite changes
- Panic attacks and anxiety
- Thoughts of self-harm
- Anger and irritability
- Feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness
- Inability to concentrate
- Thoughts of harming your baby or yourself
Find Breastfeeding Support
Connect with other new parents and get advice from certified lactation consultants during our virtual Mother’s Milk Club support group.
For pregnant and breastfeeding parents in the Triad area who want in-person support, families are invited to drop in for a free Baby Café session for a weight check, guidance during breastfeeding and to connect with other families.