If you have the "baby blues" after childbirth, you're not
alone. About half of women have a few days of mild depression after they have a
baby. This can be upsetting, but it's normal to have some insomnia, irritability, tears, overwhelmed feelings, and mood swings. Baby blues usually peak around the fourth day after the baby is born. They tend to improve in
less than 2 weeks, when hormonal changes have settled down. But you can have
bouts of baby blues throughout your baby's first year.
depressed feelings have lasted more than 2 weeks, your body isn't recovering
from childbirth as expected. Postpartum depression:
- Is a serious medical condition. Without treatment, it can last a long time and make it hard for you to function. And it can affect your baby's development.
- Is best treated with counseling and an antidepressant
- Can further improve with home treatment.
To prevent serious problems for you and your baby, work with your doctor now to treat your symptoms.
are having thoughts of hurting yourself, your baby, or anyone else,
see your doctor immediately or call 911 for emergency medical
How is postpartum depression treated?