Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?

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Paternal postpartum depression is a very real condition that can happen any time after the birth or adoption of a baby. Many people don’t realize that one in ten dads develop depression.  It may start during your partner’s pregnancy, go away after the baby’s birth, and come back 3-6 months later.  In fact research shows that fathers often start to develop depressive symptoms later in the postpartum period compared to mothers.

You may feel:

  • overwhelmed with work and financial worries
  • stressed with caring for your new baby and the rest of the family
  • tired and frustrated that your partners’ depression isn’t going away
  • lonely and left out because family and friends may only ask about your partner and baby and not ask about how you are doing
  • wanting to be alone and pull away from family and friends

Be aware of these feelings and don’t ignore them, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.

7 Tips on taking care of yourself:

  • Tell your partner how you are feeling. It is normal to feel helpless and worry that you are unable to help her
  • Get support from family and friends. You may feel frustrated because you were not ready to deal with postpartum depression
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Think about getting counselling
  • Get enough sleep
  • Be active
  • See your doctor if you begin to feel depressed, paternal postpartum depression is very real.

Don’t ignore your own needs…you are a part of her recovery!

Here’s a video on how partners play an important role in providing support and how they can take care of themselves:

Check out our website for more information.  If you have any concerns or questions about paternal postpartum depression, connect with your health care provider and feel free to eChat with a nurse or call (416) 338-7600.

One thought on “Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?

  1. Think it’s so important that we think about new Dads as well as new Mums after a little one has been born. It’s a huge change for both parties and they both need support. Really good tips and hope more gents take notice and look after themselves 🙂


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