Many new moms feel happy one minute and sad the next. If you
feel better after a week or so, you probably just had the "baby
blues." If it takes you longer to feel better, you may have
Postpartum depression can make you feel
restless, anxious, fatigued and worthless. Some new moms worry they
will hurt themselves or their babies. Unlike the "baby blues,"
postpartum depression does not go away
quickly. Very rarely, new moms develop something even more serious.
They may stop eating, have trouble sleeping and become frantic or
paranoid. Women with this condition usually need to be
Researchers think that changes in your hormone levels during and
after pregnancy may lead to postpartum
depression. If you think you have it, tell your health care
provider. Medicine and talk therapy can help you get well.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
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