After Birth

After Birth

If you had your baby more than 2 weeks ago and are still feeling down and overwhelmed you may want to find out more about postpartum depression.

What is Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD) has long been overlooked or mistaken for the “baby blues”. The baby blues are very common, about 60 to 80% of women will experience its symptoms which last from a few days to 2 weeks after delivery. The symptoms may include sadness, irritability, frustration, crying, and fatigue and will resolve on their own.

The symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to the symptoms of the baby blues but they are more persistent. They last throughout the day and for longer than two weeks. They usually develop a few weeks after delivery but can occur at any time during the first year after childbirth.

The symptoms of PPD include: Feeling sad, unhappy, crying a lot Not enjoying things you usually enjoy Having difficulty sleeping (even when someone is taking care of your baby) Changes in your appetite Blaming one’s self, feeling guilty Feelings of hopelessness Sense of loss of control Worrying a lot for no good reason Feelings of anger/irritability Suicidal thoughts, It is estimated that 10 to 20% of new mothers experience postpartum depression however, this number may even be greater as many cases go unreported.

Many women are ashamed of their feelings and often do not seek help. Early recognition and treatment are important as if it is left untreated, mild to moderate depression may become progressively severe. Postpartum depression can be treated and you can feel good again. If you are feeling depressed, it is important to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Girlfriends Health is now offering Postpartum Adjustment Classes