This term describes changes in mothers’ moods after delivery. Mothers with Baby Blues may experience anxiety, confusion, fear, a sense of being overwhelmed, or feelings of loss. It is very common and occurs, to some extent, in 80% of mothers. The feelings associated with Baby Blues are generally strongest around 5 days after delivery and can last for a few weeks. Please talk to us if you have noticed some of these feelings or mood changes – we are here to help!
Your moods not only affect you—
They matter to your baby, your other children, and your partner!
Some mothers experience stronger mood and emotional changes after delivery and are diagnosed with Postpartum Depression. These mothers describe feelings similar to Baby Blues, but the feelings are stronger or last for a longer period of time. They can start anytime during pregnancy up to the first year after delivery.
Symptoms are different for everyone, but may include:
- Frequent crying
- Feeling like a bad mother
- Changes in appetite or sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
Postpartum Depression is a common and serious health problem that affects 25 percent of mothers. Women with Postpartum Depression need help in order to feel better. There are multiple treatment options available. Please talk to us if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if you are having thoughts about hurting yourself or your baby. Remember, the way you feel affects your baby too, so please ask us for help!
You are not alone. We are here to help! With support, you can recover.
- Understanding Your Moods When You’re Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness – Before, During, and After Pregnancy, by Lucy Puryear
- This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Raskin
- The Journey to Parenthood: Myths, Reality, and What Really Matters, by Barnes and Balber
- Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression, by Brooke Shields
- Mothering the New Mother: Your Postpartum Resource Companion, by Sally Placksin