Feeling down after having a baby? Here are some signs that it’s more than just the baby blues.
Welcoming a baby into your life can be a happy time, but what if it’s not?
If you feel irritable, tired, or weepy in the days after bringing home your new baby, it doesn’t mean that you are a bad parent or that you are doing something wrong—in fact, as many as four out of five moms experience sadness or anxiety in the weeks following giving birth, a condition commonly known as the ‘baby blues.’
But if these feelings are severe, get in the way of your normal activities, or last for longer than two weeks, you may have a more serious condition called postpartum depression. Up to 10% of mothers and 4% of fathers experience depression after their baby’s birth. Plus, postpartum depression doesn’t always show up right away. It can occur anytime during the year following childbirth.
If you or your partner is struggling with postpartum depression, the first step in getting help is recognizing the signals.
Click on the images below to learn about some of the signs of postpartum depression.
Depression is a disease that, in most cases, can be treated. If you think that you or your partner is depressed, speak to your doctor right away or call 1-800-LIFENET for free, 24/7 counseling. Getting the support you need will help your whole family—including your baby—be happy and healthy.
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“Depression Among Women,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 29, 2016.
“Depression During and After Pregnancy Fact Sheet,” Womenshealth.gov. February 12, 2016.
“Postpartum Depression and Anxiety,” Babycenter.com. Accessed June 9, 2016.