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Understanding the signs, symptoms of postpartum depression: what about new mom therapy?

Emily Turinas

4 min read

Apr 11



Everyone will tell you the heightened emotions, exhaustion, and new stresses are normal, but when will you feel like you again? Is it baby blues or postpartum depression? Here we will discuss when normal experiences of postpartum may be indicative of more significant mental health and when it might be time to reach out for professional help and get some new mom therapy.

Therapy for new moms

Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Often people throw around the terms baby blues and postpartum depression interchangeably. While both baby blues and postpartum depression involve mood changes after childbirth, they differ in their duration, severity, and need for treatment. Baby blues are transient and generally resolve on their own, while postpartum depression is more severe and requires professional intervention.

Baby Blues

  • Baby blues are common and typically occur within the first week after childbirth.

  • Symptoms may include mood swings, irritability, sadness, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping.

  • Baby blues are considered normal and are thought to be caused by hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation, and the stress of adjusting to a new baby.

  • Symptoms of baby blues usually resolve on their own within a few days to a week without specific treatment.

  • Support from family and friends, rest, and self-care strategies can often help alleviate symptoms of baby blues.

Postpartum Depression:

  • Postpartum depression is a more severe and long-lasting condition that typically develops within the first few weeks or months after childbirth, but it can occur anytime within the first year.

  • Symptoms of postpartum depression include persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt, irritability, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite or weight, difficulty bonding with the baby, sleep disturbances, and thoughts of harming oneself or the baby.

  • Unlike baby blues, postpartum may requires professional treatment.

  • Postpartum depression can significantly interfere with a woman's ability to function and care for herself and her baby.

  • Learn more about Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety in our other post.

Does Postnatal Depression go Away on its Own?

While some women may find that their symptoms gradually improve over time without formal treatment, for others, the condition can persist or worsen without intervention. It's important to recognize that postnatal depression can arise due to a combination of hormonal changes, sleep deprivation, lifestyle adjustments, and psychological factors. These factors can vary greatly from person to person, influencing the severity and duration of postnatal depression.

For some women, the support of friends and family, lifestyle changes, and self-care strategies may be sufficient to alleviate symptoms over time. However, many others may require professional help, such as therapy or medication, to effectively manage their postnatal depression. Ultimately, the journey to overcoming postnatal depression is unique for each individual. While some may find that their symptoms gradually diminish over time, others may require ongoing support and treatment.

When do you need new mom therapy?

If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms for more than two weeks, it might be time to reach out for professional help. Seeking support and treatment can be crucial for both the well-being of the you and your baby. Untreated postnatal depression can have long-lasting effects on the your mental health and may also impact your ability to bond with and care for your baby. Postpartum depression (and anxiety) are common and treatable conditions, but they require proper diagnosis and support through therapy. Additionally, if you're experiencing thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, seek help immediately by contacting a healthcare provider or calling emergency services.

Postpartum Treatment and Support Options:

There are various treatment and support options available for postpartum depression and anxiety, including:

  1. Therapy: Talk therapy can be highly effective in addressing the underlying causes of postpartum depression and anxiety.

  2. Medication: In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. It's essential to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss the risks and benefits of medication during breastfeeding.

  3. Support Groups: Joining a postpartum support group can provide valuable emotional support and connection with other mothers who are experiencing similar challenges.

  4. Self-Care: Prioritize self-care activities such as getting enough rest, eating nutritious meals, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

Postpartum depression is a common experiences for many new mothers. By recognizing the signs and symptoms and seeking professional help when needed, you can take steps towards healing and recovery. Remember, prioritizing your mental health is essential for both you and your baby's well-being. You are not alone, and support is available to help you navigate this challenging but ultimately rewarding journey of motherhood.

Perinatal Psychologist Austin

If you are interested in gaining professional support during your postpartum journey, see if Emily Turinas PhD is a good fit for you. She is a perinatal psychologist who specializes therapy for new moms & dads, those on a fertility journey, and pregnant mamas in Austin, Texas & Denver, Colorado. Schedule a free consultation today to see how Dr. Turinas could help you build clarity and direction in the chaos of parenthood.

Emily Turinas

4 min read

Apr 11





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