Know the signs.
Plan ahead.

But it may also be a good idea to make a postpartum plan that could help you adjust to life with a new baby.

Many moms choose to make a birth plan to outline their wishes during delivery.

Planning List

Think about what you may need in terms of physical and emotional recovery.

Your plan may include a wide range of supportive actions, including help with household chores or what to say to your doctor if you think you are experiencing postpartum depression (PPD).

  • Choose your team.
  • Describe what they can do to help.
  • Prepare for the possibility of PPD.
  • Get screened.

Talk to your doctor, friends, family, and loved ones about the possibility of PPD to keep it on everyone’s radar.

Feelings of guilt, shame, or fear of being considered an unfit mom may prevent women from having an honest conversation with their doctor—but it’s important to remember that PPD is a common medical condition that can happen during or after pregnancy, and there’s no reason to be ashamed.

For Your Next Doctor Visit

PPD Discussion Guide

Before the big birth day, talk to your doctor about PPD.

For Your Loved Ones

PPD Discussion Guide

Discuss the possibility of PPD with your friends and family.