Singing the Blues
by Dr. Krystal Murphy
Postpartum Blues or Baby Blues is a form of mild depression that generally starts 2-3 days after the birth of a child and should be taken very seriously. Sometimes the signs are subtle, but the effects it can have on the new family are very real. Although lack of sleep, irritability and anxiety are common problems for new moms, there should be special attention given if these feelings are extreme or become persistent.
Things about Postpartum Blues you should know:
- At least 50% of new moms experience postpartum blues
- Symptoms usually get better within a few days to 2 weeks and resolve without any treatment
- Women with postpartum blues are at increased risk of developing postpartum depression
- 25% of new fathers suffer from the Baby Blues
Early signs and symptoms of the Baby Blues:
- Depressed mood or severe mood swings
- Crying for no clear reason
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Withdrawing from family and friends
- Trouble eating, sleeping and making decisions
If you or a loved one experience these symptoms for more than two weeks, you should contact your OB/GYN for evaluation. Starting a life with your new baby is a tremendous challenge, but know that you are not alone! Prompt treatment and attention can place you and your baby on the path that will lead to a beautiful journey of discovery.