Life with a new baby can be delightful and rewarding, however, it can also be difficult and stressful at times. When a woman is pregnant and after she gives birth, many physical and emotional changes occur which can leave her feeling sad, anxious, afraid, or confused. These feelings are commonly referred to as "baby blues" and for many women, go away quickly. If these feelings worsen or don't go away , a woman could be experiencing postpartum depression and should seek help from a professional quickly.
If you think you may be experiencing the "blues," don't dismiss it! Talk with your health care provider and /or consider joining a support group for new moms. Talking with other moms could also be helpful.
If your ability to function is affected or if you are afraid of hurting yourself or your baby, it is very important that you see your health care professional as soon as possible. Postpartum depression is a serious condition, however, it can be treated with medication and/or professional counseling.