Whether you’re a first-time mom or have just given birth to a third child, the days and weeks that follow having a baby can be as overwhelming and stressful as they are joyful and exciting. Duchess Kate’s recent childbirth experience has brought worldwide attention to everything about new motherhood from the post-baby bump she proudly displayed the day after giving birth to worries from the public that she, like her late mother-in-law Princess Diana and so many other women, could experience baby blues or postpartum depression.
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Symptoms of baby blues vs. postpartum depression
Baby blues (which typically last only a few days to a week or two): mood swings, anxiety, sadness, irritability, crying, decreased concentration and trouble sleeping.
Postpartum depression: Symptoms of postpartum depression often appear to be baby blues at first but last beyond two weeks and may include: loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, intense irritability and anger, loss of interest in sex, loss of interest in activities, overwhelming fatigue, lack of joy in life, feelings of guilt, shame or inadequacy, severe mood swings, inability to bond with baby, withdrawal from family and friends, thoughts of harming self or baby.