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More than baby blues

Bringing a new life into the world is an incredible journey, but it isn't always a walk in the park. Many new mothers experience mood changes after childbirth, and it's important to distinguish between the common baby blues and the more serious postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression impacts a significant proportion of mothers, with estimates suggesting that it affects at least 10 percent of new mothers. Alarmingly, many of these mothers do not receive the necessary treatment and support they require. While they may continue to manage their infant's care and household responsibilities, their overall quality of life is significantly compromised, potentially leading to enduring repercussions for the mother, the newborn, and the entire family.

New parents cradling and looking at their newborn

Baby Blues

👶 Occurs in the first two weeks after giving birth

👶 Common and affects up to 80% of new moms

👶 Symptoms include mood swings, sadness, irritability, and tearfulness

👶 It tends to resolve on its own.

Postpartum Depression

👶 Can start anytime within the first year after childbirth

👶 Affects about 1 in 7 new mothers

👶 Symptoms are more intense and persistent, including deep sadness, hopelessness, and trouble bonding with the baby

👶 Requires professional treatment and support.

It's vital to recognise the signs, seek hep if needed, and remember that you're not alone. New mothers deserve all the care, understanding, and support.

If you're uncertain whether you're experiencing the common baby blues or a potentially more serious case of postpartum depression, please click here to access a survey to better understand your current emotional functioning.

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