Unbundling the joy
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
Even with a new bundle of joy entering the world, some new mothers may not feel as joyous as the occasion.
Postpartum depression is a feeling of gloom and despair that can last for several weeks after a woman has given birth.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study indicates postpartum depression affects up to one-fifth of new moms in the United States.
Signs to look for include feeling sad or blue, and having little interest in doing activities previously enjoyed.
This may be in response to hormone changes or the emotional and financial stress that comes with giving birth.
For a woman who is unsure if she has postpartum depression, CDC researcher Corrine Williams advises:
“If her symptoms last for two or more weeks, a woman should see her obstetrician for a referral for treatment.” (5 seconds)
Learn more at hhs.gov.
HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.
Last revised: May 7, 2011