Postpartum depression is more common then you may think, impacting approximately 1 in 7 mothers these days. The onset of symptoms often begins in the first three weeks following the baby’s birth. Being tired, overwhelmed, or exhausted is a typical response for a new mom but check out some of the warning signs below to see if it's time to take your baby blues more seriously.
Sadness and hopelessness that anything will ever get better begin to be common thoughts.
Your baby blues don't get better after about 2-3 weeks after the baby is born. It's normal to have a dip in your mood for a couple weeks but it should begin to lift around week 3.
You lose all interest in things you used to enjoy.
You have trouble making decisions and are finding that even the smallest of choice feels overwhelming.
Guilt and shame are common thoughts.
You are having thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself or wanting to die.
You are withdrawing or saying no to friends or family coming over that usually would be a huge support to you
If your identity with more than half of these symptoms and they have persisted for more than 3 weeks, contact your physician to let them know and to discuss next steps. Having a baby is hard work so don’t forget to monitor your own health and well-being in the process.