Up to 80% of all mothers experience some degree of low mood or “baby blues” after their baby is born. This generally starts around day two postpartum lasting up to two weeks. In rare cases baby blues can last a few months to a year. Symptoms will vary but may include:
- Crying for no reason
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of feelings for the baby
Some degree of this is normal – consult with your healthcare provider about how you feel physically and emotionally postpartum.
This Q&A discusses the difference between low mood or "baby blues", postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.
Read this Q&A to find our more about why you may not mentally feel like your normal, pre-pregnant self postpartum.
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