Baby Blues

About 80% of women experience baby blues for about 2 weeks after birth.

Baby blues are the feelings that most new moms get because they are tired and have a drop in their estrogen and progestin levels after birth. You might feel more tearful, overwhelmed, and emotionally fragile.

However, if those feelings last longer than 2 weeks or are more severe, such as obsessive, negative, or harmful thoughts towards yourself or your baby, get medical help.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is very common — 1 in 8 women experience postpartum depression after birth.

Postpartum depression can result from hormone changes after giving birth that affect mood, energy, emotions, and more.

This is a common medical condition that can look like baby blues. The difference is that your symptoms are more severe with postpartum depression (such as suicidal thoughts or an inability to care for your newborn baby). It's important to get help if you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.

Postpartum symptoms can last longer than baby blues and you should seek treatment if your symptoms get worse or stay around long enough to cause problems in your daily life.

There is no shame, guilt, or fault in it. It is not a reflection of how much you love your baby or how “good” of a mother you are.

Postpartum Support

You are not alone

Pregnancy and birth can be physically and mentally draining. If you feel like you might have postpartum depression talk with your health care provider about your symptoms. They will be able to recommend treatment options.

There are also support groups and therapists who can help guide you in this process.

Mental Health Resources