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).
Postpartum depression affects up to 2 out of every 10 moms. It can occur at any time in your baby's first year.
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:
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:
Minnesota Department of Health Postpartum Depression ProgramRetrieved 9/2012
New Jersey Department of Health and Perinatal Mood Disorders ProgramRetrieved 12/2013
Ohio Department of Mental Health/Help Me Grow Maternal Depression Screening ProgramRetrieved 9/2012
Postpartum Support InternationalRetrieved 12/2013
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