CH. 22 Postpartum Depression ATI

Postpartum blues
50-85% of women during first few days after birth and generally continues for up to 10 dayss.
-tearfullness, insomnia, lack of appetite, letdown

Postpartum depression
-depression occurs w/in 6 months of delivery.
-sadness, intense mood swings
-10=15% new mothers
-Does not resolve without intervention

Postpartum psychosis
-first 2-3 weeks postpartum period
-hx of bipolar at higher risk
-Severe include confusion, disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, obsessive behaviors, and paranoia
-harm self or infant

Risk factors
hormonal changes
-physical discomfort or pain
-individual socioeconomic factors
-Decreased social support
-Unplanned or unwanted pregnancy
-hx of previous depressive disorder
-low self-esteem
-hx of abuse

Postpartum blues findings
-lack of appetite
-sleep pattern disturbances
-feeling inadequate
-Crying easily
-Restlessness, insomnia, fatigue
-Anxiety, anger, sadness

Postpartum depression findings
-guilt and inadequacy
-fatigue beyond reasonable
-feeling of loss
-lack of appetite
-persistent feeling of sadness
-intense mood swings
-sleep pattern distrubances
-weight loss
-flat affect
-rejection of the infant
-severe anxiety and panic attack

Postpartum psychosis findings
-pronounced sadness
-hallucinations or delusional thoughts of self-harm or harming the infant

-monitor mother baby interactions
-monitor mood and affect
-Reinforce that feelign down in postpartum is normal and self-limiting
-notify provider if it persists
-communicate feelings
-compliance with meds
-community resourcce
-has thoughts of self harm, suicide, harming her infant.

Antipsychotics and mood stabilizer
clients with postpartum psychosis

-nap and get plenty of rest
-taking a time out for herself
-community resources

A nurse is assessing a postpartum client who is exhibiting tearfulness, insomnia, lack of appetite, and a feeling of letdown. Which of the following conditions are associated with these clinical findings?

A) postpartum fatigue
B) postpartum psychosis
C) letting go phase
D) postpartum blues

D) postpartum blues

A nurse is caring for a postpartum client who delivered her third infant 2 days ago. The nurse recognizes that which of the following findings are suggestive of postpartum depression? (SATA)

A) fatigue
B) Insomnia
C) Euphoria
D) Flat affect
E) delusions


A nurse is assessing a client who has postpartum depression. The nurse should expect which of the followign findings? (SATA)

A) Paranoia that her infant will be harmed
B) Concerns about lack of income to pay bills
C) Anxiety about assuming a new role as a mother
D) Rapid decline in estrogen and progesterone
E) Feeling of inadequacy with the new role as a mother


A nurse is caring for a client who has postpartum psychosis. Which of the following actions is the nurse’s priority?

A) Reinforce the need to take antipsychotics as prescribed
B) Ask the client if she has thoughts of harming herself or the infant
C) Monitor the infant for indications of failure to thrive
D) Review the client’s record hx of bipolar


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