After 9 months of caring for your baby in the womb, the day he or she finally comes into the world, it is a day of celebration. There are tears of joy, laughter and love flowing around abundantly. But sometimes, there’s another emotion too. One that isn’t so obvious and one that leaves a feeling of guilt behind. Depression is very common after just giving birth.
It could be for a short span of time or for a longer duration. It might even get risky for the child and the mom, both. Most new moms experience postpartum “baby blues” after childbirth. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery and may last for up to two weeks.
A more severe and long-lasting form of Baby Blues is the Postpartum Depression. This depression could also lead to a more severe form called Postpartum Psychosis. Which is why being aware of what is happening and not hiding it due to guilt is imperative.
One must always remember that postpartum depression is never your fault – it isn’t a character flaw or a weakness of any kind. It’s usually a complication of giving birth. Sometimes, it’s the feeling of emptiness after having carried your baby inside of you for so long.
It is important that new moms seek help as soon as they have even an inkling that they might have postpartum depression. Treatment can help both you and your baby to bond better, and also manage your symptoms.
Here are the signs and symptoms of baby blues
Baby Blues last only a few days to a week or two after your baby is born.
- Mood swings
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Reduced concentration
- Appetite problems
- Trouble sleeping