Baby Blues vs Postpartum Depression

Today’s article is about a serious topic that is being misunderstood because there is not much information out there: Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

70-80 percent of new mothers are influenced by “baby blues” while the rest 10-20 percent actually experience the effects of postpartum depression, which lasts much longer than just a few weeks and with much more intense emotions.

So, if no less than 70 percent of new mothers experience the ill effects of baby blues-a typical, short period of feeling sad, moody or weepy, triggered after giving birth due to hormonal changes-why do we hear almost nothing from them?

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, believes there’s some kind of stigma connected to admitting that you’re feeling pitiful after you’ve just given birth to a gorgeous baby.

There’s a society pressure to feel blissful and happy when you become a mother, so women don’t talk about it. There’s a big feeling of guilt and shame, attached to the experience” Meltzer-Brody says.

But there shouldn’t be. Levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of this world during pregnancy—higher than they will ever be at some other time in a woman’s life—and after labour of the baby and the placenta, they fall. This neurobiological procedure triggers baby blues.

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Besides, particularly for first-time mothers, you’ve recently experienced the birth procedure, which is both significant and debilitating—and you’ve quite recently been given a fresh out of the box new infant to deal with, manual excluded, Meltzer-Brody clarifies. Different elements could make you significantly more inclined to encounter baby blues mood changes, for example, a traumatic birth, if you didn’t go into labor (as in an arranged c-section or induction), in case you’re experiencing issues breastfeeding, lack of sleep, regardless of whether you have an individual/family history depression and how much social help you have (or don’t have) at home.

Meltzer-Brody believes it’s important for women to know the signs and side effects of both baby blues and postpartum depression before conceiving a baby, so they’ll recognize what’s in store on the off chance that they’re among the dominant part of women who encounter brief state of mind changes (baby blues), or whether they may need to look for treatment for something more extreme and tenacious (postpartum depression). Here’s a cheat sheet for you:

Baby Blues

  1. You feel teary (crying “constantly”), enthusiastic as well as significantly defenseless. A few ladies depict it as “terrible PMS,” Meltzer-Brody says
  2. Your side effects last around two weeks after giving birth
  3. You likewise may encounter state of mind precariousness, sadness, bitterness, crabbiness, uneasiness, absence of focus or feelings of dependency

Postpartum Depression

  1. Your manifestations last longer than two weeks after giving birth, are significantly more serious than baby blues side effects and meddle with working.
  2. You may encounter sentiments of tension, pity (crying a lot), depression, peevishness, blame, absence of enthusiasm for the child, changes in eating and dozing propensities, inconvenience concentrating, considerations of misery and in some cases even contemplations of hurting the infant or yourself, rumination, fixations, loss of enthusiasm for normal exercises, feeling useless, awkward or insufficient to adapt to your infant, weakness or potentially over the top stress over the infant’s wellbeing.
  3. Postpartum depression usually rises over the initial 2-3 months after labor however may happen any time after delivery.


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