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What's the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression

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Baby blues

Timeline:
  • occurs about 2-3 days after birth
  • will resolve itself within 2 weeks
Symptoms:
  • feeling extra emotional and / or bursting into tears
  • being irritable
  • questioning your ability to care for baby
  • having trouble eating, sleeping or making choices

Postpartum depression

Timeline:
  • occurs 1-3 weeks or up to 1 year after birth
  • may worsen if untreated
Symptoms:
  • having intense feelings of sadness, anxiety or despair that prevent 
you from completing daily tasks
  • feeling helpless and hopeless
  • having intrusive thoughts
  • exhibiting avoidant behaviours
  • feeling physical aches / pains
  • finding that your baby doesn’t bring joy
  • having thoughts of harming baby or self

Note: PPD can occur in both parents!