As discussed in last week’s blog post, it’s common for many new parents to experience the “Baby Blues” following the birth of their baby. Baby Blues occurs within the first ten days of the birth of the baby. During this time, parents may feel emotionally fragile or numb but gradually return to their normal selves after using some self-care techniques and allowing time to adjust to the new family dynamic.
But if your symptoms of sadness or depression last longer than two weeks or show up later in the first year of your child’s life, you may be experiencing a perinatal mood disorder such as postpartum depression (PPD).
There’s no single cause of postpartum depression, but a dramatic change in hormones in a mother’s body after childbirth may contribute to postpartum depression. In addition, there are emotional issues that affect both mothers and fathers, including:
- Loneliness or isolation
- Lack of support
- Sleep deprivation
- Complications during or after birth
- Caring for a baby with colic or other health issues
- Lack of time for yourself
For a list of postpartum depression symptoms and ways to support yourself, visit lanekids.org.
This article is brought to you by Parenting Now! Parenting Educators and authors Amanda Bedortha, Claire Davis, and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson (andupdatemywebsite.com).
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