Postpartum depression: more than just the baby blues
“This is an illness that takes away a women’s ability to access joy right at the time she needs it most.” – Dr. Katherine Wisner
The baby blues include mood swings and feelings of anxiety and sadness that typically emerge 3-5 days after giving birth and dissipate on their own within a few weeks. 70% of new moms experience this temporary change in mood. The baby blues differ from postpartum depression in the length of time in which the symptoms peak as well as the severity of the symptoms.
“There’s societal pressure to feel happy and blissful, so women don’t talk about [the baby blues]. There’s enormous guilt and shame.” –Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody