Signs of Postpartum Depression

Beyond the Baby Blues

About 10 percent of mothers experience postpartum depression, which is caused by a chemical imbalance that peaks a few days after giving birth. There are biological, genetic and environmental triggers that can set off this condition, but it’s entirely treatable.

Contact a health professional if you are experiencing:

• Mood swings

• Profound sadness

• Difficulty sleeping and/or staying asleep

• Irritability

• Low energy

• Feeling overwhelmed by small stressors

• Crying for periods of time

• Feeling excessively and unusually worried

• Trouble feeling connected to and/or excited about your new baby

• Withdrawing from others