Post-birth, most moms (as many as 85%!) experience some form of the baby blues. This could be feeling irritable, exhausted, needing to cry for no reason or worrying that you won’t be a good mom.
These mood swings may be due to hormonal changes, lack of sleep, the physical recovery from labor and birth, and usually go away on their own quickly in the first 1-2 weeks.
But for as many as 15% of new moms, the baby blues develops into postpartum depression (PPD), and this can happen anytime within the first year of giving birth. PPD’s symptoms are more intense:
Beyond PPD is another problem that affects fewer than 1% of all moms but it’s the more extreme: postpartum psychosis (PPP). Seek medical treatment immediately if you are experiencing extreme symptoms, such as:
PPP typically occurs suddenly and within the first 4 weeks after birth. You may only have one incident but it warrants a 911 call. Just like PPD, it can be treated. It’s essential to recognize your symptoms and get treatment.
Tell your healthcare provider and partner if you have any of the following:
Do something every day to reduce your stress, such as:
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