Postpartum Depression

The Baby Blues

postpartum depressionAn estimated 9-16% of postpartum women will experience postpartum depression.

What Is Postpartum Depression?

So many emotions can come from the birth of a baby, from inexpressible joy to fear of the unknown and anxiety.  One other result you may not expect is depression.

Some people may express this as the “baby blues,” which is common after childbirth when hormones are trying to stabilize, and mood swings and crying spells are common, but eventually fade.

For other moms, the aftermath is a little more severe than just the “baby blues,” and a mother can fall into a longer lasting depression known as postpartum depression.

Don’t mistake this for any weakness or character flaw, it is merely a complication after giving birth. If you think you have this, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor who can help you with treatment so you can get back to enjoying your baby.

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When to Seek A Doctor


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Postpartum Psychosis

Although very rare, another condition that can form is postpartum psychosis and develops within the first two weeks of delivering a baby. The symptoms include hallucinations, confusions, and disorientation, paranoia, and attempts to harm your baby. If you think you are experiencing any of these things, you should see a doctor immediately.

Causes of Postpartum Depression

Usually, several factors affect postpartum depression including, emotional, physical, and lifestyle changes.

Treatment of Postpartum Depression


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