You’ve waited the long nine months to have your baby, but now that baby is here, you find that you’re not too excited. You’re not having the “love at first sight” feeling you’ve heard so much about, and you’re tired, tired, tired. These could be signs of the after-baby blues and post-postpartum depression, both of which are more common than you think. Pamela Pimentel, RN and CEO of MOMS Orange County, gives us advice on how to get through it.
You were tickled pink the first time you held your newborn baby, so why are you feeling so blue now?
Like most issues of anxiety and depression, postpartum depression is a topic many people do not want to discuss, yet it’s one of the most common complications of childbirth and can affect one in four new mothers anytime during their child’s first year of life, according to the report “Improving Maternal and Infant Mental Health: Focus on Maternal Depression.”
Postpartum depression may appear to be common baby blues at first, but if the signs are more intense and last longer than four to six weeks, mothers need to seek medical help promptly. According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of clinically diagnosed postpartum depression can include [Read more…] about After-Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: Solutions to Help