Having a baby is one of life’s major changes–and whether it’s your first or your sixth, it is always an adjustment for your body and for your life as a whole. Women are very susceptible to depression during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Because of that, it is important to tune into yourself and be aware of how your body responds during this time.
There are two major ways to know the difference between the so-called “baby blues” and postpartum depression.
With all the hormonal and lifestyle changes, it is normal to experience fluctuations in your emotions after the birth. Fatigue, weeping, anxiety, and stress mixed in with joy and gratitude are all very normal. This period of ups and downs usually lasts about two weeks, and then begins to settle in and feel more stable. These normal fluctuations are what we could classify as “baby blues.”