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Nearly 80% of women experience a letdown after delivery. But how do you know whether your feelings are typical "baby blues" or a full-blown case of Postpartum Depression (PPD)? Here's a list that explains the main differences between the two. This is great information to share with your partner, family, and friends who might see these signs before you identify them yourself.
"Let down" feeling
Teary, crying easily
Signs last up to 2 weeks
Usually goes away after time and rest
Light activity or exercise (*after your doctor clears you for exercise postpartum)
Rest (as much as possible)
Talking to your partner about your fears and concerns
Support group of other mothers
Taking time to get dressed and fix your hair
Constantly feeling restless
Irritability that doesn't fade day-after-day
Feelings of sadness that last more than a few hours or more than one day
Frequent and inexplicable crying
Persistent lack of energy
Inability to sleep, despite fatigue
Weight loss or weight gain that is extreme
Feelings or fears that you will harm the baby
Feelings of inadequacy
Lack of interest in your newborn
Inability to make decisions
Symptoms last longer than two weeks
According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, women with low iron levels were twice as likely to show signs of Postpartum Depression. Beef, pork, potatoes, fortified cereals, spinach, and beans are all great sources of iron.
This article has been reviewed by Jen Mueller, a certified prenatal and postpartum finess specialist.
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Member Comments About this Article
"Just a quick note about these symptoms for PPD listed-alot of these symptoms can be thyroid related also. So make sure you let your doctor know that you also want your thyroid checked before they put you on meds to treat PPD." -- MISSDIANAR
"Depression is a medical condition, not a personal weakness. People who suffer from depression should seek medical treatment, although many avoid it for various reasons. Without treatment, depression can last for weeks, months or even years. There are different types and different treatments that can help turn things around. Here is an article that might help with ideas for next steps: Types of Depression & Available Treat..." -- TANYA_BABYFIT
"does anyone know how long baby blues/ppd is supposed to last because i've been feeling depressed for 2 years now since my son was born, i've been muddling through, i don't want to go to the doctors because i don't want the health visitor coming over, she might think i'm not fit to look after my son although my son is very happy and healthy. He gets fed, cuddled and bathed but i don't look after myself, i don't have time to wash my hair and don't eat properly, i'm tired all the time, any advice ..." -- MOOMINJEWELL
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