Review symptoms, next steps, and resources to connect with based on your symptoms in the green, yellow, and red areas below

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? 

  • Not feeling like yourself

  • Having trouble managing emotions

  • Feeling overwhelmed but are still able to care for yourself and baby

  • Experiencing mood swings that happen to many parents

Take these steps:

  • Practice self care

  • Ask for help from your support system so you can rest

  • Continue to monitor your symptoms

  • Talk to your healthcare provider

Connect with these supports:

  • HealthySteps with MU Pediatrics

    • Call 573-884-8045 to enroll before your child is 5 months old

    • Free team-based well-child visits, consults, support line, and screenings​

  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)

    • Call 573-214-3955 to enroll for free

    • Offer parenting support, referrals, and health screenings for prenatal – kindergarten

  • ParentLink WarmLine

    • Call 573-882-7323 to sign up

    • Free to use phone support

    • Experts answer parenting questions and connect you with local resources

  • Tiger Tot Mommies

    • Call 573-771-6675 or find on Facebook

    • Free parenting support group

    • Lactation consultants are available at each meeting

  • First Chance for Children​

    • Free services for families with children prenatally to age 5 

    • Provide items such as diapers and wipes and cribs for infants

    • Offer a space for parents to play with their children and interact with other families

    • Their home visiting program supports caregivers through the ups and downs of parenting

    • Contact Tammy Byington at  573-777-1815x204 to sign up

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? 

  • Feeling depressed or down

  • Scary thoughts about the baby that don’t go away

  • Fear of being alone with the baby

  • Uncontrollable feelings like anger or rage

  • Fear of losing control

  • Overwhelming guilt or shame about parenting or birth

  • Feeling worried all the time

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Severe sleep disturbances or nightmares

  • Out-of-character restlessness or irritability

  • Feeling like a burden

  • Significant mood swings

Take these steps:

  • Get help

  • Talk to your doctor, visit a clinic, or schedule time with a therapist or counselor

  • Talk to your partner, family, or friends about your feelings so they can help

Connect with these supports:

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? 

  • Rapid weight loss

  • Confused thinking

  • Speaking much quicker than normal

  • Unable to sleep for 48 hours

  • Feeling out of touch with reality

  • Fear of hurting yourself or your baby

  • Thinking about suicide

Take these steps:


Reach out for immediate help: