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How will you know if you have 'baby blues'?

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Up to 80% of new mothers get baby blues -- short-term dips in mood caused by all of the changes that come with a new baby.

  • Your mood swings quickly from happy to sad. One minute, you’re proud of the job that you’re doing as a new mom. The next, you’re crying because you think you’re not up to the task.
  • You don’t feel like eating or taking care of yourself because you’re exhausted.
  • You feel irritable, overwhelmed, and anxious.

SOURCES:


Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum depression.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Depression during and after pregnancy fact sheet.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

SOURCES:


Nemours Foundation: “Postpartum depression.”

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Postpartum Depression.”

Office on Women’s Health: “Depression during and after pregnancy fact sheet.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum Depression Facts.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Depression During & After Pregnancy: You Are Not Alone.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

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