Depression in moms in their months after childbirth has come up as an important maternal and child health issue. Approximately 1 in 7 women giving birth experience postpartum depression, which typically starts one or two weeks following childbirth. Postpartum depression is a serious condition, and not the same as the ‘baby blues’, which is much milder.
Symptoms range from sadness, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, diminished libido, crying episodes, irritability and anxiety. While “baby blues” is a lot more common, the symptoms of this disorder, which generally take place in the first few days after childbirth, are much less serious and don’t need treatment.
Postpartum depression (PPD) can happen up to a year following childbirth, is a lot more severe, and requires treatment from a healthcare professional.
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