Sunset at the beach off East Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz is reflected off the wet sand. Despite the dark clouds hanging over the scene, there is still intense beauty and the awe and hope that it brings.
Having a baby can be one of the most thrilling and happiest events in your life triggering powerful emotions. It can also be hard and stressful. Exacerbated by changes in hormone levels, lack of sleep and radical changes in daily routines, many new moms experience the baby blues – a mild, brief bout of depression – for a few days or weeks after giving birth.
Some new mothers experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Experienced by 1 out of 8 women after delivery, postpartum depression is not a character flaw or weakness, it is simply a complication of giving birth that can sometimes occur.
If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatmetn can help you manage the symptoms and enjoy your new baby.
Postpartum Depression Symptoms and Treatment
Postpartum depression, which can appear to be the baby blues at first, is more intense and long lasting and interferes with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks.