Having a baby is meant to be the happiest time of your life. But if for some reason you feel that it’s not, the reason may be out of your control.
Many moms — 60 to 80 percent of them — experience the baby blues, which is a mild form of depression that lasts just a few days or up to a couple of weeks after delivery. Symptoms include being weepy, anxious, irritable and unable to sleep (because of reasons other than a needy baby). Rest and some extra helping hands usually take care of it.
But sometimes the blues don’t end after a few weeks, which could be a sign of postpartum depression (PPD), suffered by 10 to 20 percent of new moms. PPD, which can last for up to a year, is believed to a combination of psychological, genetic, environmental, hormonal and biochemical factors.
Are you at risk of PPD? Here are some warning signs (although just be aware that if you can relate to one or none of these symptoms on the list doesn’t necessarily mean you will or won’t experience PPD):
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