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Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues?

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Postpartum Depression or Baby Blues?

When did you realize you had postpartum depression and not the baby blues?

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  1. I think one of the biggest problems is that women are told that they should feel terrible due to the sleepless nights. They assume their feels are due to lack of sleep, as do the people around them, and miss the signs of depression or anxiety.

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    1. Good point. And for new moms, it’s hard to tell what is just an “adjustment” to a new lifestyle and what’s a more serious issue.

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  2. I tell my patients that postpartum depression is one of the most – if not *the* most – common complication of childbirth. Crying at Folger’s commercials can definitely just be the baby blues (remember that one when the son returns home from abroad and his sister says he’s her best Christmas gift? I was a blubbering mess) and that tends to get better with time. However, if you start having more bad days than good days, that could be a sign of the tipping point into PPD. Your doctor should definitely know about it so you can start feeling better soon. I’d still avoid the Folger’s commercials for oh, say, 18 years.

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