Differences Between Postpartum Depression and “Baby Blues"
Becoming a new mom is special, but it can be stressful, too. If you’ve found yourself feeling sad, lonely or tired shortly after giving birth, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s very common for new mothers to experience “baby blues.” However, what distinguishes "baby blues" from postpartum depression? OB/GYN Alexandra “Sashi” Band, DO, explains the differences between the two.
Dr. Band says, "Since I have been in practice, I have seen so many women struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety, and it goes so unrecognized."
Dr. Band explains what distinguishes "baby blues," which can include feeling sad or emotional after giving birth, from postpartum depression is the time frame. If mothers noticed these feelings of sadness or not wanting to care of themselves or their baby consistently for more than two weeks after birth, they may be experiencing postpartum depression, and it’s time to seek help from a doctor.
"The best thing you can do for your family, and for yourself and for your baby, and for that relationship you are fostering with your new infant, is to realize that the strongest thing you can do is to ask for help and that there is no shame in that."
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