Baby Blues & Postpartum Depression

Helpful information to help you distinguish the differences in symptoms associated with the baby blues and postpartum depression.

70-80% of new moms experience the baby blues after childbirth. Many think it is caused by a sudden drop in hormones following childbirth along with the huge life change of becoming a parent.


Symptoms include:
Fatigue
Problems sleeping
Crying
Weight gain or loss
Anxiety

The baby blues should go away within a few weeks.


Baby blues can lead to postpartum depression. If mom has a personal or family history of depression, she is more at risk for developing postpartum depression. Postpartum depression does require treatment and new moms should not feel embarrassed. Treatment by a licensed therapist usually involves anitdepressants, individual therapy, and/or support groups.
Symptoms include:
Persistent crying
Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
Isolation from family and friends
Hard to concentrate
Anxiety
Fatigue
Loss of appetite
Guilty feelings

Postpartum depression should not be ignored.
Spouses are the first to identify postpartum depression and are therefore a very important link for mom to seek and receive treatment. Spouses should be educated of the warning signs of postpartum depression during pregnancy whether it be in a prenatal class or personal research.