Postpartum Depression

“Baby Blues” or Postpartum Depression?

It’s normal to have the “baby blues” for a few days to a week after giving birth. Symptoms of the “baby blues” are not extreme and will go away on their own:

  • Feeling sad, anxious, or overwhelmed
  • Crying a lot
  • Mood swings
  • No appetite
  • Having a hard time sleeping

Postpartum depression is a different story, and it requires treatment from a doctor. One out of every 8 women experiences postpartum depression, which is caused by drastic changes in the hormone levels after giving birth—though it can begin anytime within a year of having a baby. The symptoms of postpartum depression are:

  • No interest in the baby
  • Thinking of hurting the baby
  • Thinking of hurting yourself

Some women are more at risk for experiencing postpartum depression than others.