CDC research shows that nationally about 1 in 9 women experience postpartum depression symptoms. These symptoms are more strongly felt and last longer than what is known as “baby blues,” a term used to describe the sadness, irritability, anxiousness and loneliness many women experience a few days after their delivery.
Risk factors include a history of depression or a home life that lacks support. It is also more common when the baby is premature, unhealthy or colicky. Life stresses such as a loss of job, divorce and caring for multiple children can amplify these feelings as well.
- Lasting sadness
- Trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much
- No longer enjoying what you used to
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Withdrawing from loved ones and/or your baby
- Feeling angry
- Crying more than usual
- Experiencing guilt and doubt about whether you are being a good mom
Postpartum depression is treatable. If you think you are depressed, ask your physician for a referral to a mental health professional.
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