Women who have just given birth are likely to go through a period of two to three weeks of baby blues. Adjustments to the new arrival, breastfeeding, and interrupted sleep are some of the woes every new mother will experience. Women can experience depression and anxiety during pregnancy and after delivery due to physical, biological and emotional adjustments during this period. However, most are able to cope after the initial adjustment period.
If you experience some of the symptoms listed below which have persisted or have worsened, you are strongly encouraged to seek advice from a doctor or healthcare professional. The symptoms are:
Mood and anxiety disorders can happen to anyone. Possible associated factors range from family medical history, hormonal changes, the support you get from partner and family members to other stressors. The earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome.