Baby Blues or Something More

Feeling down once in a while is common—and normal—for new moms. A change of scene and fresh air can do wonders to dispel any “baby blues” you may be feeling from time to time, particularly in the early weeks with an infant.

Bright light, whether from a light-therapy box or from a walk in the morning sunshine, also has been shown to reduce depression symptoms in pregnant and postpartum women by 50%.

Having a baby is a huge change in life and can bring on many mixed emotions, including sadness, anger or anxiety, as well as joy and contentment. But be aware if you’re feeling more than that.

Postpartum depression affects an estimated 11% – 20% of mothers, but is treatable. If you feel overwhelmed by sadness or worry, or if you feel generally down for 2 weeks or more without relief, talk to your healthcare provider. Your doctor can put you in touch with support and resources to help you feel better. A recent study suggests that children may be particularly sensitive to their mother’s depression during the first year of life, so it’s important to find the help you need.

See also ...

•  More about postpartum depression 

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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