The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from joyful excitement to fearful anxiety. But it can also result in something unexpected — depression.
Most new moms experience postpartum “baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks. But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression.
Postpartum Depression isn’t a character flaw or weakness. Sometimes it’s simply a complication of giving birth. When you are sleep deprived and overwhelmed, you may have trouble handling even minor problems. You may be anxious about your ability to care for a newborn. You may feel less attractive, struggle with your sense of identity or feel that you’ve lost control over your life. Any of these issues can contribute to postpartum depression.
If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with your baby. A New Generation provides FREE classes to educate expectant or new moms about postpartum depression so they can fully enjoy the experience of loving a new baby.
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