What Is Postpartum Depression?
It’s the type of depression you may get after you have a baby. It can start at any time during your baby’s first year, but it’s most common for you to start to feel its effects during the first 3 weeks after birth.
You may have wondered; I just had a baby. Why do I feel so down?
If you’re a brand-new mom who expected to be full of joy after delivery, it can be upsetting and confusing when you’re actually feeling the opposite.
Rest assured, you’re not alone: Anywhere from 40 to 80% of new mothers go through the baby blues – an emotional state of tearfulness, unhappiness, worry, self-doubt, and fatigue. The baby blues typically begin a few days after delivery and go away on their own in a week or two.
However, if your feelings seem unusually intense and last longer than two weeks, it can be postpartum depression (PPD) -Baby Centre
According to the American Psychiatric Association, postpartum depression can begin in the weeks after pregnancy or even before. (About half of women with PPD have symptoms during pregnancy.)
Everyone expects you to be perfect immediately. Even you as a Mum set a very high standard for yourself and feel like a failure when you fall short.
Go easy on yourself Mama!