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January is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month in Canada

Each January, Perinatal Depression Awareness Month in Canada aims to raise awareness that there is help for those experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety
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Did you know? 

It’s estimated that up to one of every six people experience sadness, depression or anxiety after the birth or adoption of a child. This is referred to as postpartum depression and anxiety.

What does postpartum depression and anxiety feel like?

  • Extreme sadness, most of the day and nearly every day;
  • Irritability or anger;
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness;
  • Feeling hopeless and overwhelmed.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it's important  to have a conversation with your provider about perinatal depression.  It is important to consider family history of depression. Partners may also experience depression and anxiety. 

Screening of antenatal and postpartum depression should be done using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) tool. The EPDS will be administered by a health-care provider such as a public health nurse or your health care provider. 

NESTS for Well-Being is a tool to write down some ideas that may help  improve your health and well-being. To help remember the basics of well-being, think of the term: 'NESTS'.

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