Is There a Difference Between Baby Blues and PostPartum Depression? (PPD)

Is there a difference between Baby Blues and PostPartum Depression? (PPD)

Postpartum depression (PPD) is characterized by the onset of profound sadness, anxiety and fatigue at any point during the first year following childbirth. Being worried, unhappy and stressed for a brief period after the arrival of a new baby is perfectly normal. These feelings are often referred to as “baby blues” and they usually subside and become less severe after a short time.

When these feelings become intense and persistent, postpartum depression may be the cause. If you feel you may be suffering from a postpartum mood disorder, seek help from your obstetric or family provider. Below you’ll find frequently asked questions related to PPD.

Is postpartum depression common?

Absolutely. As many as 1 in 7 women experience it, even if you have no prior history of depression. When you’re struggling through PPD, it can be comforting to know that you are not alone, and many others have been down this path before. Lots of moms are experiencing the same symptoms.

What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

A wide range of symptoms vary from patient to patient, but some of the more common ones are:

  • Feelings of intense sadness and hopelessness
  • Severe anxiety or obsessive worrying
  • Withdrawing from social interactions
  • Changes in appetite (overeating or not eating enough)
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of guilt and worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Difficulty bonding with the new baby
  • Thoughts of self-harm or harming the baby (intrusive thoughts).

What causes postpartum depression?

While a single cause cannot be identified, psychologists think postpartum depression results from a combination of physiological and emotional factors. Right after birth, two key hormones in a woman’s body, estrogen and progesterone, drop rapidly.

This sudden change can have a profound effect on mood and overall feelings of wellbeing. Plus, a sleep-deprived routine of caring for a baby can leave any new parent feeling stressed, inadequate and overwhelmed.

Remember, postpartum depression is not your fault. It is an emotional and physical response to a significant life event.

Experiencing depression?

Schedule an appointment with your provider today for evaluation. Advanced Women’s Healthcare prides itself on being one of the #1 OB/GYN facilities in Bakersfield

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