About 80 percent of new mothers will get some form of the postpartum “baby blues” due to the intense emotional experiences involved in pregnancy and childbirth, as well as exhaustion. However, it is important to know the difference between this and more serious postpartum depression symptoms. Be concerned if you cannot sleep or eat well even when given the chance to do so. Feeling everything at once is normal, but feeling nothing is cause for concern. Feelings of rage or intense anger are also a potential sign of something more serious than typical “baby blues.”
- Having a baby is often traumatic, physically and emotionally, and often mothers will have “baby blues”.
- However, mothers may be feeling more than just baby blues, or the baby blues may develop into depression or anxiety.
- Accepting that something is wrong is the first step in finding help and making sure the mother is back to her healthy self.
“With the baby blues occurring in nearly 80% of postpartum mothers, it can be hard to tell whether or not they are a cause for worry.”