Postpartum Blues and Depression
Most women experience baby blues after childbirth. Symptoms commonly include
crying spells, mood swings, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues
typically begin with 2-3 days after delivery and can last for up to 2 weeks.
But some new mothers experience a more severe of depression called postpartum
depression. Postpartum depression isn’t a character flaw—it’s
a complication of giving birth. The good news is that prompt treatment
can help you manage symptoms and bond with your baby.
What is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression is a mood disorder that can affect women after childbirth.
Mothers with postpartum depression experience feelings of extreme sadness,
anxiety, and exhaustion that may make it difficult for them to complete
daily care activities for themselves or for others.
What causes postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression does not have a single cause, but likely results
from a combination of physical and emotional factors. Postpartum depression
does not occur because of something a mother does or does not do.
How is postpartum depression treated?
If you feel you may have postpartum depression, please talk to your provider
or a nurse about your concerns. You can call the clinic any time.
Resources for postpartum depression
Here are some good resources for the emotional ups and downs after your
baby is born: