Here's how to tell if it's the post-baby blues, or something bigger.
A new baby is often referred to as a bundle of joy. But what if you don’t feel quite so blessed about this whole motherhood thing? If that's the case, you may want to look out for symptoms of postpartum depression, which affects one in nine women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“While having the ‘blues’ after pregnancy is quite common due to hormonal fluctuations and changes in neurotransmitters in the brain, this is different than postpartum depression," Daniel Bober, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist and clinical assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, tells Woman's Day. "Postpartum depression is a severe form of clinical depression."
It's worth noting that there are certain risk factors that may predispose certain women to develop postpartum depression, or PPD. These may include:
• History of depression or bipolar disorder, or a family history of those conditions
• Lack of a support system
• Depression or before during pregnancy
• History of difficult pregnancies
• Relationship problems
• Financial struggles
• History of substance use disorders
• Giving birth to a baby with special needs
• Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy
• Difficulty breastfeeding
So how do you separate an “off” day from postpartum depression?
“To diagnose it, a doctor will often screen symptoms, perform a physical exam and check blood work,” Dr. Lisa Lewis, a pediatrician in Fort Worth, Texas, and the author of Feed the Baby Hummus: Pediatrician-Backed Secrets from Cultures Around the World, tells Woman's Day.
Health care providers work to ensure there is no other cause, such as a thyroid disorder or metabolic problem. Many doctors have a specific depression screening questionnaire to help them determine if symptoms are short term and likely to resolve quickly or postpartum depression.”
Here are five common postpartum depression symptoms to watch out for, whether you’re the mom or one of her loved ones.
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