Home » Trending Health News » Identifying the Signs of Postpartum Depression

Identifying the Signs of Postpartum Depression


Postpartum depression (PPD) affects as many as one in 4 North American mothers. It’s often confused with the “baby blues”—the emotional lows that come with the massive hormonal changes taking place in your body during pregnancy and post-pregnancy, leaving you fatigued, miserable, weepy, and irritable. However, with the lows of new motherhood also come highs to balance out the sleepless nights, baby weight, fear, and sore breasts.

The symptoms of postpartum depression more intense and impactful than the “baby blues”, occurring over a long period and often hindering your ability to care for your baby and yourself…

1. Negative Feelings

Postpartum depression is characterized by a host of negative feelings—such as depression, irritability, guilt, misery, self-consciousness, and hopelessness. It differs from the normal blues in post-pregnancy as it long-lasting and worsens over time with the new moms unable to focus on the joys and positivity associated with motherhood.

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat
  • 15 Common Reasons Behind That Stubborn Cough
    Is an incessant cough keeping you up at night, causing you a tight chest, or the result of mucus buildup?
    Trending Health News
  • The 13 Tell Tale Signs of Appendicitis
    Let’s put it this way; if you’re appendix bursts, you’ll certainly know it! Appendicitis is a condition that leads to the rupture of this pouch-shaped organ.
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Foods That Can Cause Blood Sugar Levels to Spike
    Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can present an individual with a number of significant health challenges that require substantial lifestyle changes.
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Simple Remedies for Upset Stomach and Indigestion
    There's nothing fun about upset stomach and indigestion -- when it's bad, it can make carrying out even the most simple activities, like driving to work or looking after the kids,...
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Ways to Help Prevent and Treat Blood Clots
    A blood clot can be very, very dangerous. This lump-like collection of blood platelets and plasma proteins doesn't have to be large -- often, it's too small to even see -- but by...
    Trending Health News
  • 14 Early Autism Symptoms in Young Children
    Autism spectrum disorder (or ASD) is distinguished by a wide variation of social, communication, and cyclical behaviors that are considered somewhat out of character for...
    Trending Health News
  • Absorb These 14 Health Benefits of Vitamin C
    You've been told many times by parents and doctors to get your Vitamin C... but why, exactly?
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Health Facts to Know About Blood Clots
    Blood clots – they could be hiding in your body and lead to serious complications and even death, but how would you know if you have one?
    Trending Health News
  • 15 Warning Signs of Ovarian Cancer
    Ovarian cancer is known as the "silent killer" because symptoms are often so subtle; they just seem like routine or common annoyances.
    Trending Health News
  • 15 Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack
    Gallbladder attacks are downright scary! Often mistaken for a heart attack, when the gallbladder is unhealthy, this small digestive organ is unable to properly aid the digestive...
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Possible Medical Causes of Hyperventilation
    Hyperventilation, or overbreathing, is a condition in which a person breathes deeper and more rapidly than normal.
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Symptoms Leading Up to Appendicitis
    When you think of an appendicitis attack, what springs to mind? Sharp and unbearable abdominal pain is most closely linked to appendicitis, however, the inflammation of the...
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Health Benefits of Eating Mushrooms
    Mushrooms are among the most versatile foods in the world, making a valuable addition to a wide range of foods, from pizza and pasta to meat pies, salads, and sandwiches.
    Trending Health News
  • Eyeing 13 Myths and Facts about Vision Health
    Our eyes – we sometimes take them for granted, but they're responsible for one of our most important senses.
    Trending Health News
  • 12 Strength-Building Exercises for Women Over 50
    It's no secret that staying lean and physically fit can become a much tougher challenge with age.
    Trending Health News