We recognize the arrival of a baby is like no other experience in life. New mothers may feel a sense of overwhelming love, joy, fear, confusion, and exhaustion. Experiencing all these different emotions, along with impatience, irritability or crying is common. If the emotions come and go, the feelings are typically called the “postpartum blues.”
Postpartum blues will usually get better within a few days or even a week or two without treatment. However, if symptoms stay for longer periods of time with greater intensity, it may be postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression can occur up to one year after having a baby but it most commonly starts about one to three weeks after childbirth. One in ten women experience postpartum depression.
Some of the symptoms of postpartum depression include:
If a person is suffering from these types of symptoms, they should reach out for help from family and friends especially if they question whether or not they can handle caring for a baby. If systems continue without relief, they should contact their Rosemark provider.
There are many contributing factors to postpartum depression including labor, delivery, and postpartum care. There are numerous reasons and circumstances that cause postpartum depression, the following are the most common:
Please seek help from your Rosemark provider if you think you may have postpartum depression. Do not wait until your postpartum checkup to call!