Introduction: Baby blues


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Baby blues: Baby blues is a non-specific medical term often used to describe the fact that many mothers feel somewhat down after childbirth. Severe cases may be diagnosed as post-partum depression or postnatal depression, but many cases are simply the normal life events related to childbirth. The massive hormonal, physical, and emotional effects from childbirth and a new baby are well known to cause emotional symptoms. It is normal to suffer some level of "baby blues", and particularly common is some level of crying or emotional distress on the third day after birth. It's not easy being a mother and first-time mothers often feel overwhelmed. A new mother feeling down, moody, or a bit "depressed" does not usually warrant the diagnosis of full postnatal depression. However, persistent depressive symptoms do need professional medical investigation.

Baby blues: A new mother's depression may be a mild, brief bout of "baby blues"; or she may suffer from postpartum depression, a much more serious condition. In some cases, new mothers may have postpartum psychosis, a relatively rare but severe and incapacitating illness.1

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1. excerpt from Postpartum Depression Fact Sheet: NWHIC

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