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What are the "baby blues?"

The birth of a new baby is typically the most joyous time in your life. With this joy also comes one of the most stressful times for you and your family.

As many as eight out of every 10 women experience the baby blues, which can last up to two weeks. Many times the emotions felt after having a baby are caused by normal changes with your body.

These feelings include: 

  • Sadness
  • Excessive crying
  • Anxiety
  • Irritablility
  • Loss of energy

When the baby blues don’t go away you could be suffering from postpartum depression. There is no way to tell who will experience postpartum depression. Women of any age, race or economic status can experience these feelings. Postpartum Depression is a treatable illness.

Use this checklist if you feel like you are suffering from postpartum depression. You should seek immediate help from your healthcare provider if you begin experiencing severe signs and symptoms of postpartum depression which include:

  • Sadness
  • Guilt
  • Loneliness
  • Hopelessness
  • Unable to make decisions
  • Mood swings
  • Appetite Changes
  • Excessive crying
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem

You should seek immediate help from your healthcare provider or call Phoebe’s Behavioral Health Center at 312.7001 immediately if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
  • Strange visions

These are serious signs that depression has worsened and you need immediate help.

Helpful tips for the baby blues and postpartum depression 

For more information about the baby blues or if you need emotional support, please call (229) 312-7001.

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