About 2–3 days after childbirth, some women begin to feel depressed, anxious, and upset. They may be angry for no clear reason. They may have anger towards their partner or their children. There is often trouble with adequate sleep and anxiety as well. This is often called baby blues and can last for several days after delivery.
Women with postpartum depression have intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, or despair that prevent them from being able to do their daily tasks. It is usually seen in the first 1-3 weeks after delivery but can be seen up to 1 year after delivery.
If you feel that you have postpartum depression it is important that you notify your obstetrician as soon as possible. Treatment of postpartum depression typically involves a combination of medication and counseling.
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