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Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Ashley graduated from NVTHS in 2016. Upon graduation, Ashley now works at a High-End Salon.

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Pregnancy is filled with many different emotions. Not only do women's bodies change physically, but there are also several emotional changes. During pregnancy, women experience an increase in their appetite, anticipation of a new life entering the world, and extreme fatigue.

Although it's normal to experience some doubting, worrying, and tears during pregnancy, those kinds of emotions should never interfere your days & nights.

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Most new Mother's experience the "Baby Blues"- from a couple of weeks, to a couple of days going through ups, downs, crying, and stress. Baby blues are completely normal however, if your anxiety & depression last more than two weeks, or are intensified over time, chances are you could be suffering from Postpartum Depression.


Postpartum Depression (PPD)


1 out of 7 women suffer from Postpartum Depression. Although PPD is a common illness, some women may not even realize that they have it, and end up not being treated for it which can gradually make it worse. The reason why women go through Postpartum Depression (PPD) is because of the extreme shifting of hormones after childbirth.


PPD Symptoms


Postpartum Depression can be treated, but doesn't magically go away on its own. The quicker you recieve the help, the more likely you will start to feel better. Common symptoms of PPD include


  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Appetite changes (Usually decreased)
  • Worry
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Crying
  • Lack of emotion
  • Hopelessness

If you find yourself having any of the symptoms listed above, it's best if you talked to your Doctor.





There are ways to help you cope with PPD. It is important that you use these tips at home in your daily life, to help you slowly overcome Postpartum Depression.

Don't keep feelings to yourself


It is extremely important that you share your emotions and feelings with people that you love. Whether you share your feelings with friends, family members, your husband, or even your Doctor. Holding on to your emotions isn't safe for your health, and can even make the condition worse over time.


Make eating a priority


This one sounds nearly impossible, especially if you don't get hungry often. Forcing yourself to eat small meals throughout the day will help the decrease in your appetite disappear. If you are not eating right, or taking care of yourself the way that you should be, you are more likely to gain weight.


Try working-out/Meditation


Studies show that fitness & exercising may be just as effective as medicine when it comes to treating your depression. Don't over do it though-even a 30 minute walk can work wonders. Even trying something such as yoga, or meditation is said to keep you calmer, and more relaxed.


Take time to yourself when needed


It is always healthy to have time alone, and time for yourself. If you are tired and need to rest, then rest. If you need to get out of the house then ask family members, or husband to watch the children. Having a little break from the emotions and stress is never a bad thing, chances are you will find yourself feeling better just by having occasional times to breathe.

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      Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Some women may not even realize that they have it." Thanks for raising awareness and offering suggestions to deal with it. Helpful!

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