The birth of a child can provoke a wide variety of emotions ranging from joy and happiness to anxiety and fear. For some new mothers, it may also result in a feeling of depression. Within the first two to three weeks after delivery, it is very common for most mothers to feel what are called ‘baby blues.’ The ‘baby blues’ usually include, mood swings, crying spells, feelings of anxiety and difficulty sleeping. This is very common and not to be mistaken with postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is a longer lasting, more severe depression than the feelings that come with the ‘baby blues.’ It is important to remember and emphasize the fact that postpartum depression is in no way a weakness or a flaw of character, but simply a complication that can come from giving birth. Being aware of these feelings and receiving medical attention can help you manage and treat your symptoms.
In the video posted, Dr. Matt Allred, an OBGYN at the Madison Women’s Clinic gives further insight into postpartum depression, symptoms of it and a variety of treatment options available to patients.