Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Mom and baby lying on back crying .

It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A).

Here’s the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression?

1. How common are baby blues?

Baby Blues – Occurs in about 80% of new parents. Some parents can go on to have PPD/A.

Postpartum depression/anxiety (PPD/A) – Occurs in 15% of new mothers.

2. How will I feel?

Baby Blues – Can feel like being on a mood roller coaster…sometimes you’re crying and then soon after that you find yourself laughing!  It could also feel like you just can’t juggle all the new things going on in your life.  All of these feelings are common and normal in the first couple of weeks.

PPD/A – Some parents feel very ‘down’ or anxious.  They may report feelings of sadness, guilt, and not enjoying their new baby or activities they usually like to do.   Some parents report changes in their sleeping and eating habits.

3. How long will I feel like this?

Baby Blues – Usually lasts a few days to 2 weeks postpartum and go away on their own without any treatment.

PPD/A – PPD symptoms can start as early as the third trimester of pregnancy, and usually show by 4 weeks after baby’s birth (though it can happen any time during the first year of infant’s).

4. What does this mean for me and my baby?

Baby Blues – Are temporary and often pass on their own.  They generally don’t cause any negative long-term effects for a baby or family members.

PPD/A – It’s important to get early support for postpartum depression. Without it, PPD can affect how you bond with your baby and also how you feel and function as a new parent.  Getting the help you need will benefit you, your baby, and your whole family.

Bringing your new baby home may be exciting and stressful at the same time. It’s important to ask for help when you need it.

Tips that may help:

For further emotional support for you and your family, connect with a nurse via eChat or call (416) 338-7600.

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