Postpartum depression is a serious condition. About one or two out of every 10 women who have had a baby suffer emotional symptoms that are much stronger than the postpartum blues. The symptoms may start as soon as a few days after giving birth or occur anytime during the first year after birth. If you feel depressed for more than two weeks, you may have postpartum depression. Questions to ask yourself:
-Have I had a hard time laughing or finding things funny?
-Have I stayed away from activities I used to enjoy?
-Have I been anxious or worried for no good reason?
-Have I been so unhappy that I’ve had trouble sleeping?
-Have I let things make me feel “down” or sad?
-Have I felt sad?
-Have I felt scared for no good reason?
-Have I blamed myself when things went wrong?
Need to know:
If you answered “yes” to some of these questions you may have postpartum depression. Call your Health care provider right away. There are many resources out there that can help you. Talking honestly to a close friend about how you feel may also be helpful.