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Postpartum Depression

Updated: Apr 11, 2022

Postpartum Depression occurs during pregnancy or after childbirth. These feelings of depression, fear & anxiety come from a combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustments to motherhood & fatigue. Most mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression directly after childbirth & can last up to 2-3 weeks, some call that the "baby blues". Other times mothers can experience more severe, long-lasting forms of depression & anxiety which is known as postpartum depression.

In fact, 50%-75% of mothers experience the baby blues, but 15% of mothers report a long-lasting mood disorder.

Mothers with babies in the NICU are 42% more likely to experience postpartum depression & 30% report experiencing PTSD.


• Mood swings

• Anxiety / Sadness

• Feeling overwhelmed

• Reduced concentration

• Appetite problems

• Panic attacks

• Inability to sleep

• Fear of not being a good mother

• Difficulty bonding with your baby

• Withdrawing from loved ones.

Things that help

• Set realistic expectations for yourself

• Make time for yourself

• Avoid isolation

• Make healthy decisions, both through physical activity & diet

Please remember, Postpartum depression is no ones fault, it's okay to ask for help.

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