Postpartum depression affects as many as one in four mothers in North America. It’s often confused with the “baby blues”—the emotional lows that come with the massive hormonal changes taking place in your body during and after 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 are 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 (PPD) is characterized by a host of negative feelings, such as depression, irritability, guilt, misery, self-consciousness, and hopelessness. It differs from the normal postpartum blues, as it is long-lasting and worsens over time, with new moms being unable to focus on the joys and positivity associated with motherhood.