The baby blues, technically, postpartum depression (PPD) can affect any woman. Sometimes a new mama who is experiencing a big...

The baby blues, technically, postpartum depression (PPD) can affect any woman. Sometimes a new mama who is experiencing a big issue (say, divorce) may develop PPD but women under less stress also develop PPD. Theres never been one specific cause nailed down by research. Signs and symptoms of PPD can range from very mild baby blues to more aggressive symptoms. Some women who get PPD feel many of the following all at once while others may have only a symptom or two:

  • Sadness
  • Low self esteem
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling very stressed (often constantly)
  • Irritability
  • Decreased feelings of sexuality
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Excessive crying
  • Fear
  • Eating disorders
  • An aversion of dealing with your baby
  • Feeling out of control
  • Confusion
  • Fear of harming your baby

Of course none of us want to feel this way. PPD is not due to anything you do wrong; it can happen to mothers in happy or disappointing marriages, mothers who have other children, mothers who are highly educated and mothers who had uneventful pregnancies. PPD doesn't hit one type of person which is why it's very important to know the above signs. Current research considers PPD 100% treatable. If you have these signs call your doctor right away or if that feels hard try calling a helpline such as PPD Hope at 1-877-PPD-HOPE (1-877-773-4673) or visit them online. The sooner you get to the bottom of your symptoms the sooner you can start to heal and enjoy your baby. Next up some thoughts on what treatments are available for PPD and the sort of supports available.


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