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Perinatal Behavioral Health Service

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What you should know

It is very common for new moms to have the "baby blues." They often start a few days after a baby's birth. Usually, feeling sad and irritable will not stop you from taking care of your baby or yourself. But if those feelings prevent you from enjoying life or last longer than two to three weeks, you may have postpartum depression (PPD).

You are not alone

Postpartum depression affects up to 2 out of every 10 moms. It can occur at any time in your baby's first year.

Other symptoms can include:

Things you can do

If you're feeling blue, don't give up. There are some important things you can do to help with symptoms of postpartum depression, including:

Postpartum Anxiety

Some moms may experience postpartum anxiety in addition to postpartum depression and sometimes moms experience anxiety on its own. Postpartum anxiety such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder appear in approximately 10 percent of postpartum moms. The symptoms of anxiety can include:

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