Giving birth to your baby is an exciting time in your life, but it can bring on a mix of emotions too. You can have feelings of happiness and joy or even anxiety and fear, but what most new mothers don’t realize is that they can have feelings of depression too.
Actually, many new moms experience the “postpartum baby blues” after giving birth, which usually includes mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and problems sleeping. Postpartum baby blues typically begin within the first two or three days after delivery, and might last for up to two weeks.
Although many new moms experience the baby blues, there is a more severe and longer lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. This type of depression isn’t anyone’s fault; it can simply be a complication of giving birth.
If you have postpartum depression, immediate treatment can help you manage your symptoms and enjoy your newborn and life after pregnancy.