Having a baby can be a joyous occasion, but being a new mom can also be stressful and difficult. It takes time to adjust to being a mom. Many new moms may have the baby blues after childbirth. Baby blues may include mood swings and crying spells and fade quickly. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.
Depression is more than just feeling "blue" or "down in the dumps" for a few days. It's a serious illness that involves the brain. With depression, sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings don't go away and interfere with day-to-day life and routines. These feelings can be mild to severe. Sometimes postpartum depression is simply a complication of giving birth.
If you feel sad, more tired than you think you should be, or if you feel very nervous or distraught, and if these feelings are not going away or if these feelings are getting worse talk to your health care provider.
Postpartum depression is treatable. Prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms — and enjoy your baby.
- Learn what Massachusetts is Doing to Help Moms with Postpartum Depression
- Information for Providers
- Postpartum Depression Resources for Moms
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