Me + My Baby

Many new parents experience

“Baby Blues” after childbirth

You are not alone!



Baby Blues

It is common for moms to feel somewhat sad or different emotionally during pregnancy and after they give birth. Your body just went through a lot and this change can lead to what is often known as the baby blues. It’s important to know the signs of Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression.

Below is a list of some feelings you might have:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety / Sadness
  • Appetite problems
  • Crying / Mood Swings
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Not feeling attached to your baby
  • Trouble concentrating

It’s important to let your doctor know if you have these feelings. They can help connect you with the care you need. Voicing this can bring up nervous feelings but asking for help is a sign of strength. You are not alone in this.

You’re not alone. There are other mothers out there who may have experienced what you’re experiencing.

What are Baby Blues?
It can happen 1-3 days after you give birth and can last up to 2 weeks.
What is Postpartum Depression?
A video by the California Department of Public Health

Feelings of sadness, anger, or other emotions get stronger. It lasts longer than 3 weeks and can involve other feelings like shame, guilt, mood swings, or anxiety.
HPSJ is here to help
  1. Having all kinds of feelings is okay, but if you feel overwhelmed there is help. You can speak with supportive, kind, and trained staff from our behavioral health partner, BEACON 888.581.PLAN (7526).
  2. If you need other types of support, you can call Member Service Representatives or join the Me + My Baby program.
  3. Call the Health Reach 24/7 Advice Nurse Line 800.655.8294 to listen to the audio health library. Topics include:
    1. Postpartum Depression: 2426
    2. Precautions During Pregnancy: 2426
    3. Pregnancy: 2705
    4. Need a translator? As an HPSJ you can request one here or get more information about language services here.
Tips for what you can do now to help

Sign Up Now!

Health Plan of San Joaquin is here for you, if you are a member of HPSJ, you can sign up for our Me + Baby Program today! 

Enroll your baby
in Medi-Cal

Get help from Health Plan of San Joaquin so you can get your gift card for a postpartum visit

Advice Nurse Line

You may have questions during pregnancy or after birth. You can call the Advice Nurse Line 24/7 at 800.655.8294

Feeling Safe

If you have felt bodily or emotional harm from someone you love, there is help. You have the right to make choices that keep you and your baby safe. If you have felt unsafe, there is help in your area. We can help link you to the support you are looking for.

San Joaquin County

Women’s Center Youth and Family Services:

  • Domestic Violence: (209)465-4878
  • Sexual Assault: (209)465-4997
  • Youth/Human Trafficking: (209)948-1911
  • Youth toll-free: (800)769-4357
  • Or visit:

Haven of Peace: Homeless Shelter for Women. 7070 South Harlan Road French Camp, CA 95231 (209)982-0396 / Fax (209)234-1010

Stanislaus County

Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus:

  • 24 Hour Line: (209)577-5980
  • Business Line: (209)524-4331
  • Crisis Line: (888)454-2836
  • Modesto: 618 13th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
  • Turlock: 301 Starr Ave, Turlock, CA 95380
  • Or visit:

Stanislaus County Mental Health
Emergency Services (209)558-4600

National Resources

Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7: 800.799.7233 English/Spanish TTY 1.800.787.3224
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7: 1.800.273.8255
Crisis Text Line 24/7: Text HOME to 741741

Posted on April 25th, 2016 and last modified on October 10th, 2022.