Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby can trigger a variety of emotions.  The emotions can include joy and happiness to fear and confusion.  Having a baby can also trigger what most mothers do not expect- depression.

10 percent of new moms experience a more severe form of emotional distress known as Postpartum Depression.  Postpartum depression isn't a sign of weakness or that you aren't happy to have just given birth to a new baby.  Sometimes postpartum depression is simply part of giving birth.

If you are feeling depressed after the birth of your baby, do not feel embarrassed to ask for help. 

Sign and symptoms of depression after childbirth vary depending on the type of depression.

Baby Blues:

Signs and symptoms of the baby blues- which last only a few days or weeks-may include

  • mood swings
  • anxiety
  • sadness
  • irritability
  • crying
  • decreased concentration
  • trouble sleeping

Postpartum Depression:

Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first-but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks.  Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression may include:

  • loss of appetite
  • insomnia
  • intense irritability and anger
  • overwhelming fatigue
  • loss of interest in sex
  • lack of joy in life
  • feelings of shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • severe mood swings
  • difficulty bonding with the baby
  • withdrawal from family and friends
  • thoughts of harming yourself or the baby

Taken from

  • This Isn't What I Expected by Kleiman & Raskin
  • Down Came the Rain by Brooke Shields

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