Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

Having a baby changes your body and your life in ways that are hard to predict. Feeling sad, moody, or tired can be common in the first few weeks after childbirth. Postpartum depression (PPD) is different. If it's PPD, many of these symptoms last longer than 2 weeks.

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What are some of the symptoms of PPD?

Common symptoms of PPD are feeling depressed most of the day and/or lack of interest or pleasure in doing normal activities.

Listed below are some additional symptoms of PPD, but there may also be others. If you are experiencing anything that causes concern, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can tell you if it's PPD.

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Some women experience one or more of the following:

  • Feeling depressed (for example, empty, sad, or hopeless)

  • Little interest or pleasure in doing normal activities (for example, trouble bonding with baby, loss of interest in socializing, feeling like you don’t care anymore)

  • Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much

  • Feeling tired or having little energy

  • Feeling like you need to force yourself to eat, overeating, or noticeable weight changes

  • Feeling guilty for things over which you have no control

  • Difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating

  • Inability to sit still, pacing, tugging on clothing, or slowed speech, thinking, or movements

  • Thoughts of death, suicidal thought/attempts

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