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Postpartum Blues and Depression

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Our physicians can help determine the best course of treatment for postpartum blues or depression following the birth of your baby.

Women typically have mood shifts after the birth of a baby. This can be due to the swiftly changing hormones, the stress of labor and the exhaustion of taking care of a demanding newborn. However, some women have a severe reaction after giving birth, up until a year afterward. It is important for both practitioners and the woman’s partner to be on the lookout for any symptoms or warning signs. 

Our practice and practitioners are well versed in the signs and symptoms of postpartum blues and depression. However, because we are not with our patients all the time, we depend on their partners and families to communicate with us if they suspect a problem.

What are postpartum blues?

Postpartum blues is a mild form of depression many postpartum women feel. However, if these feelings do not dissipate within two weeks, they can become postpartum depression.

What are the symptoms of postpartum blues?

  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Crying for periods of time
  • Restlessness

What is postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is mild to severe depression in women who have given birth in the last year.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Withdrawing from friends or activities you previously enjoyed
  • Negative feelings toward the baby
  • Loss of energy
  • Thoughts of suicide

What is the treatment for postpartum depression?

A combination of medication to treat the depression and talking therapy should help the symptoms of postpartum depression.

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