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: