There are many kinds of postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression, also known as postpartum mood disorder, is an incredibly broad term that describes the range of emotions and feelings that a woman can experience after giving birth. However, not everyone has the same experience with postpartum depression, and there are actually many different forms of it. At University Park Obstetrics and Gynecology, we believe that the more information you have, the better equipped you will be to deal with postpartum depression. That’s why our certified midwife in Sarasota has come up with the following list of the different forms of postpartum depression:
#1. Baby Blues
The term “baby blues” is used to describe postpartum depression in its least severe form. The baby blues are very common. In fact, an estimated 50-70% of all new moms experience some negative thoughts and feelings after they give birth. These feelings usually start to occur within 4-5 days of giving birth. The symptoms of the baby blues can include crying (usually for no apparent reason), mood swings, anxiousness, irritability, changes in sleeping and appetite and a feeling of being overwhelmed. Although these symptoms are unpleasant, the good news is that they can usually be resolved on their own within a short period of time (generally in 1-2 weeks). It’s important to get as much rest as you can and keep a strong support system nearby while you are experiencing the baby blues.
The baby blues are just one form of postpartum depression. Learn about the other two common forms of postpartum depression when you stay tuned for our next blog.