What is Postpartum Depression?

In honor of the March of Dimes March for Babies this weekend, we wanted to take this week to talk about the emotional changes that can take place after the birth for mom-specifically postpartum depression (PPD). Postpartum depression affects 1 out of every 8 women who have given birth.  It is characterized by strong feelings of sadness, usually starting 1 to 3 weeks after the birth.  It lasts a long time, and can make it difficult to care for your new baby.

It is not your fault!  Having PPD does not make you a bad person, or a bad mother.  In fact, it is the most common complication that women experience after giving birth.

It’s not just the “baby blues”.  The “baby blues” only last 3 to 5 days after birth, and are characterized by sadness, irritability, trouble sleeping, and being emotional.  The “baby blues” diminish within 10 days.  PPD is much more severe and lasts a lot longer.

Continue to read this week as we talk about the causes and treatment of PPD.  Thanks for stopping by!

*Source: March of Dimes “Postpartum Feelings” from www.marchofdimes.com

Written by: Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group.  Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling.  Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.