Postpartum depression

Many new mothers can experience extreme fatigue due to not getting enough sleep and also taking care of a new baby.  It is important to determine whether you are “just tired” or suffering from postpartum depression.

Symptoms of mild Postpartum Depression (PPD) include sadness, anxiety, tearfulness, and trouble sleeping.

These symptoms usually appear within several days of delivery and go away 10 to 12 days after the birth. Usually the only treatment needed is reassurance and some help with household chores and care of the baby. About 20% of women who have postpartum blues will develop more lasting depression. It is very important to let your health care provider know if you experience the “blues” that last longer than two weeks.