Because women are often experiencing parenthood for the first time, it’s difficult for them to even realize whether or not they have PPD immediately after giving childbirth. After all, lack of sleep and a new crying baby can lead anyone to feel unlike themself.
In fact, most new moms experience what’s been dubbed the “baby blues,” which the Mayo Clinic describes as commonly including mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. These symptoms can start within the first couple days after delivery and may last for up to two weeks. But if they are more severe and longer lasting, it’s likely to be postpartum depression. And prompt treatment is the answer to helping you manage the symptoms while still building a relationship with your baby.