Baby Blues VS Postpartum Depression
Is there a difference? Signs?
Dr Google didn't do much but freak me out!!
Post Partum Depression Symptoms:
Agitation or irritability
Changes in appetite
Feelings worthless or guilty
Feeling withdrawn or unconnected
Lack of pleasure or interest in most or all activities
Loss of concentration
Loss of energy
Problems doing tasks at home or work
Thoughts of death or suicide
A mother with postpartum depression may also:
Be unable to care for herself or her baby
Be afraid to be alone with her baby
Have negative feelings toward the baby or even think about harming the baby (Although these feelings are scary, they are almost never acted on. Still you should tell your doctor about them right away.)
Worry intensely about the baby, or have little interest in the baby
I'm not sure how the baby blues are, I went right to PPD after Cam.
One thing to think about is that you aren't in a typical situation mama. You have a lot more on your plate than normal infant stuff. It could be anxiety related to little Kate, but it could be PPD. Is there someone at the hospital for you to talk to. Your health is important too sweetie.
This site (and the article on the difference b/w the two) may help. If you see yourself in any of what she or her guest posters describe, it's worth a talk with your doctor and possibly a referral to a specialist.
Same with this site: http://www.postpartumva.org/symptoms.html
Last edited by ibisgirldc; 12-21-2012 at 09:07 PM.
I also think PP Blues is more weepy, sadness, anxiety, but, it tends to go away within 1-2 weeks and PDD is more serve. Regardless - Remember its common to have either problem. Don't ever feel ashamed to get help from your doctor. I had PDD with both children. With Cody it was easier to manage with medicine and I felt better . With Sophia I needed medicine that I still take, I also been in therapy. Sophia's delivery experience in general was much more scary and I have a lot of bad memories. It is hard but, I hope you'll have more clear answers and get the help you need.
Im unsure if its either one, or Mommy instincts knowing I cant be in two places at once, and both kids need me. But It has come up alot about baby blues and PPD and I was unsure of what the difference was so I thought Id at least ask..thanks ladies
Do you have access to one of the social workers at the hospital? I hate to say this but it could be a little PTSD too from being in a very similar situation just recently. Compound that with hormones and stress and I really think you may need to find someone to talk to
I think it would be perfectly normal to have a lot of anxiety/depression/uncertainty with everything currently going on in your life... and being away from home and half your family and the holidays etc!! That's more than enough stress for anyone nevermind depression or post-partum!!
I'd definately suggest finding someone at the hospital to be able to talk with though -- its always so much easier to be able to get whatever off your chest etc...
From my experience having the baby blues, they gradually faded after 3 weeks or so. I'd think if you don't start to feel better after ~3 weeks, let your Doc know and get some help. Especially if you are in despair that's not getting better or getting worse, to the point of thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, that's the big indicator. Ask DH to keep an eye on you and get help for you if you can't do it yourself. It helps to have another woman who has had children to vent/talk with, a great tool for gauging how you're recovering. Feel better!
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