“Baby Blues” or Postpartum Depression?
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It’s not just you.
The birth of a baby can spark powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. It can also trigger something you might not expect — depression.
80% of moms experience "baby blues" after childbirth. Baby blues are short-term feelings of sadness or moodiness.
13% of moms experience more intense, longer-lasting emotional highs and lows, and may have trouble caring for their baby. This condition is postpartum depression. It can be upsetting but is very treatable.
Symptoms of postpartum depression may start any time after delivery, even many months later, and include:
- Crying more often than usual
- Withdrawing from loved ones
- Feeling distant from your baby
- Worrying or feeling overly anxious
- Thinking about hurting yourself or your baby
- Doubting your ability to care for your baby
- Having a lasting sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Feelings of irritability or restlessness
- Loss of energy
- Problems concentrating, recalling details, and making decisions
- Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much
- Overeating or loss of appetite
You are not alone!
Moms and moms-to-be deserve to feel more than just fine. If you’re experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, call our behavioral health team toll-free at 1-800-873-2246, TTY 711. We can provide support and tools to help you cope with the overwhelming feelings you may be experiencing.