Having a baby can be one of the most thrilling and happiest events in your life triggering powerful emotions. It can also be hard and stressful. Exacerbated by changes in hormone levels, lack of sleep and radical changes in daily routines, many new moms experience the baby blues — a mild, brief bout of depression — for a few days or weeks after giving birth.
Some new mothers experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Experienced by 1 out of 8 women after delivery, postpartum depression is not a character flaw or weakness, it is simply a complication of giving birth that can sometimes occur.
If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and enjoy your new baby.