Many mothers experience Post natal depression or “postpartum baby blues” after childbirth, which commonly include:
- Low energy
- Changes in eating patterns
- Reduced desire for sex
- Mood swings
- Crying spells
- Loss of interest in baby
- and difficulty sleeping
Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth.
- When you’re sleep deprived and overwhelmed, you may have problems in handling minor problems. You may be anxious about your ability to care for a newborn.
- You may feel less attractive, struggle with your sense of identity or feel in capable or guilty.