What To Look Out For, How To Help

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As beautiful as the earliest moments of becoming a mom can be, there is a dark side people rarely talk about. It’s more than the overwhelming feeling of excitement and uncertainty. Postpartum depression is a mental illness that’s said to affect one in five new mothers at some point in their pregnancy — and it’s likely to continue after the birth. Here, the postpartum depression symptoms to look out for…

What exactly is postpartum depression?

It’s common for new moms to feel overwhelmed, have mood swings (tears are bountiful), experience insomnia and feel anxious. But these feelings are generally fleeting. “[The] baby blues is mild and only lasts a few days; it does not persist or cause difficulties with normal functioning,” says psychiatrist Dr Carina Marsay.

When those feelings stick around like a bad…

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