The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression
Symptoms such as sadness or irritable mood, lack of joy, inability to sleep when the infant sleeps, poor energy, and excessive worry or guilt especially about the baby or their own ability to parent are common.
These are more significant symptoms of depression which women begin to experience within a few days of the birth, and may continue to experience for weeks or months following delivery.
Up to 80% of women experience a phenomenon called the postpartum blues.This is a brief period in which women are tearful or extremely sensitive and may be more moody. Sometimes sleep is a problem. The "blues" usually resolves on its own within 1-2 weeks. If it lasts longer, it may not be the "blues."
If you have experienced some or all of the symptoms nearly everyday for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depressive illness. Talk to your health care provider.
Why does Postpartum Depression happen?
Rapidly changing hormones seem to play a role in sensitizing women to depression. The psychological changes involved in parenting a new infant, the physical stress of the birth, and lack of sleep may also play a role.