Postpartum depression is moderate to
severe depression in a woman after she has given birth. It may
occur soon after delivery or up to a year later. Most of the
time, it occurs within the first 3 months after delivery.
Women commonly have mood changes during
pregnancy, especially after delivery. These mood changes may be
caused by changes in hormone levels or other personal factors.
Feelings of anxiety, irritation,
tearfulness, and restlessness are common in the week or two
after pregnancy. These feelings are often called the postpartum
or "baby blues." These symptoms almost always go away soon,
without the need for treatment.
Postpartum depression may occur when
the baby blues do not fade away or when signs of depression
start 1 or more months after childbirth.
Symptoms of Post Partum Depression:
If you suspect you or a loved one has many symptoms
within 3 months of giving birth, call your OB GYN immediately.
Also seeking therapy can be very helpful.