Baby blues or something more serious?
July 06, 2022
After giving birth to a baby, new moms go through many changes. You are learning how to be a new mother and are getting to know and care for your baby. However, you also need to take care of yourself. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition and support during the first few weeks of the postpartum period. In addition to the physical adjustment, many women experience emotional changes or symptoms during the postpartum period. Close to three-quarters of new mothers experience the baby blues. These are often mild and temporary symptoms, but sometimes can be signs of more serious conditions, such as postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. It is important to recognize these symptoms so that you can speak to your health care provider and get the treatment you need.
Join Erika Kelley, PhD, psychologist and women’s behavioral health expert at University Hospitals, to learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for postpartum mental health conditions, including baby blues, postnatal depression, postpartum anxiety and postpartum PTSD.