Postpartum Depression

Overview

Postpartum depression occurs in women after they give birth. It is a treatable medical illness that affects 1 in 5 women after giving birth. It is most common in the first three months postpartum. It can be hard to spot because the moodiness and other symptoms are similar to “baby blues” which is a short-lived state that affects up to 80% of new mothers, according to NIH.

Symptoms

  • Depressed mood
  • Sleep problems
  • Appetite changes
  • Anxiety
  • Frequent ups and downs

Depression or Baby Blues?

Postpartum depression differs from baby blues on the severity of symptoms. Baby blues has similar symptoms to postpartum depression, but it usually only lasts for 1-2 weeks. If the symptoms last longer, you should seek help. In some cases, postpartum depression can start 1-2 months after childbirth, with strong feelings of depression or thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.

Tips to feel better

The following can help you feel better if you are feeling depressed :

  • Accept help from family and friends
  • Rest when possible
  • Spend time with other new mothers who can relate to what you are going through
  • Hire a babysitter and take time for yourself
  • Exercise and meditation can be helpful

When to seek help?

Call you doctor if :

  • Baby blues last longer than 2 weeks
  • Your symptoms get worse
  • You are having trouble taking care of yourself or your baby
  • You are having thoughts of harming yourself or the baby

If you are thinking about hurting yourself, call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

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