If you have the "baby blues" after childbirth, you're not
alone—about half of women have a few days of mild depression after having a
baby. However unsettling, a certain amount of
insomnia, irritability, tears, overwhelmed feelings, and mood swings are
normal. Baby blues usually peak around the fourth postpartum day and subside 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 that can be
prolonged and disabling without treatment and can affect a baby's development.
- Is best treated with counseling and an antidepressant
- Can further improve when you
take some home treatment measures.
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?