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The days and weeks after your baby’s birth can be as overwhelming as they are exciting. It’s a time of powerful emotions: joy, excitement, anxiety — and sometimes sadness. After giving birth, women can experience feelings of sadness that range from mild (known as the “baby blues”) to severe (postpartum depression).
Baby blues are common after childbirth, affecting between 50 percent and 75 percent of new moms. This condition can include mood swings, irritability, crying spells and trouble sleeping. The baby blues typically start within the first few days of giving birth and can last up to two weeks.
Postpartum depression may be mistaken for the baby blues at first, but the symptoms are more intense, last longer and may interfere with daily life. Symptoms usually develop within the first few weeks after giving birth but may begin up to a year after childbirth.
Signs of postpartum depression can range from mild to severe and may include:
Postpartum depression may be related to sudden hormonal changes after delivery, although the exact cause is unknown. The stress of childbirth and caring for a newborn, along with sleep deprivation, also may play a role.
Risk factors that may increase your chance of postpartum depression include:
You may be reluctant to admit feelings of depression after your baby’s birth, but it’s important to reach out for support during this time.
Call your doctor if your symptoms of depression:
Treatment will vary depending on the severity of symptoms and may include counseling, medication or both.
Postpartum psychosis is a rare but serious condition. The symptoms are severe, develop rapidly within the first week after delivery and may include:
Postpartum psychosis may lead to life-threatening thoughts or behaviors and requires immediate treatment.
More mothers in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose to deliver their babies at Norton Hospital or Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital than with any other hospital system in the area.
We deliver more than 8,000 babies a year. We’re close to you with more than 90 providers at more than 25 locations around Louisville and Southern Indiana. Choosing Norton Women’s Care gives you many options for how delivery day could go — all with the confidence of knowing that our obstetrics and pediatric specialists are there to help. With Norton Women’s Care you’ll find:
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