Many Shades Of Blue

You’ve just had a baby. You expected to be basking in new mom bliss. You expected to be celebrating the arrival of your little one with your friends and family. But instead of celebrating, you feel like crying. You were prepared for joy and excitement, not exhaustion, anxiety and weepiness. You may not have been expecting it, but mild depression and mood swings are common in new mothers—so common, in fact, that it has its own name: the baby blues. The vast majority of new mothers experience at least some symptoms: moodiness, sadness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, appetite changes and concentration problems. Symptoms of the baby blues typically show up within a few days of giving birth and last from several days to a couple of weeks.

Below are supportive resources about coping with postpartum depression.

»   Many Shades of Blue - Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms (POEM) 
»   Postpartum Support International - Get Help