Pregnancy can be a time of joy and excitement, but mothers also experience a wide range of emotions that can be overwhelming. After delivery, most mothers will develop some form of “baby blues,” and experience sadness, weepiness and emotions that change quickly. Typically, the baby blues start within a few days of delivery, but goes away on its own without treatment. However, many women experience more severe mood disorders.
If you have a postpartum mood disorder, such as depression or anxiety, it can impact your health, and can lead to poor bonding with your baby and higher incidences of mental health issues for your child. Risk factors for postpartum mood disorders include family history, lack of support, financial stress and pregnancy complications. These feelings should not be ignored.