Postpartum Depression: Not the Baby Blues
Most mothers experience some levels of sadness and anxiety following a pregnancy. This state, often called the baby blues, can last up to two weeks and is completely normal. However, if a mother experiences overwhelming emotions of sadness and mood swings beyond the first few weeks, it might signify an evolving postpartum depression which requires treatment. Postpartum depression is not necessarily a continuation of the baby blues and may begin at a much later time. In both cases, mothers and particularly first time mothers, require caring support from the people around them.