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Baby blues and Postpartum depression

One thing that can be hard to open up and talk about is something that most moms have gone through – “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression.

Motherhood is tough and most of us think that the worse comes to an end after childbirth – but truth is, it’s far from over. Actually, It’s the beginning of an endless journey of ups and downs. No one can really prepare for what’s ahead and the worst feeling comes from feeling “all alone in this journey”.

What is Postpartum depression?

Postpartum refers to after childbirth. Mothers experience a sudden influx of emotions right after giving birth and getting depressed is one of them – quite common too, thus, postpartum depression. This occurs due to the sudden change in hormones after delivery. For a lot of moms, it can become very overwhelming and can happen anytime after delivery. The cause of this is unknown, but a lot of factors come into play – such as stress/fatigue, uncertain thoughts from pregnancy to delivery, etc.

Baby blues and postpartum depression - depressed mom

Is Baby Blues the same as postpartum depression?

Baby blues are less ‘serious’ and perfectly normal. However, one should become wary if symptoms don’t disappear after a few weeks from delivery, which could result in postpartum depression. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression is a more serious problem—one that you shouldn’t ignore.

How concerned should one become with either?

Baby blues come from all the hormonal surges coming from post-delivery, as most would feel when overwhelmed from a certain life event. This tends to go away and you should be left with all the ‘good feels’ once everything is settled. Think of it as an emotional phase – mood swings that one gets. However, postpartum depression is a state that can be clinically diagnosed and is where this emotional phase may last – the length of time is indefinite but this gets very concerning because if left untreated or no help is sought out, it leads to unfavorable results.

When postpartum depression becomes severe, suicidal thoughts come in and can become very destructive. It affects the mom’s mental state and how she cares for her new infant.

In a published article by www.postpartumdepression.org

In the United States alone :

Baby Blues

Approximately 70% to 80% of women will experience, at a minimum, the ‘baby blues’. Many of these women will experience the more severe condition of postpartum depression or a related condition.

Clinical postpartum depression

The reported rate of clinical postpartum depression among new mothers is between 10% to 20%.

After giving birth

One recent study found that 1 in 7 women may experience PPD in the year after giving birth. With approximately 4 million live births occurring each year in the United States, this equates to almost 600,000 postpartum depression diagnoses.

Baby blues and postpartum depression - Mom in therapy

Here are some common attributes to moms who may have postpartum depression:

Increased anxiety

Increased anxiety arising from out of the blue. You may tend to suddenly burst into tears and the feeling of sadness prolongs.

Suddenly feeling distant

Suddenly feeling distant from your partner or from people for no apparent reason.

Feeling guilty

Feeling guilty, wary, and unworthy. Developing thoughts of wanting to harm yourself or even your infant.

Conclusion

These are all red flags for postpartum depression. If you think that you have some of these traits, it’s best that you seek help. Even as simple as talking to your partner or someone close to you so they can assist you in seeking professional help.