Postpartum refers to the period immediately following birth. When a woman has strong symptoms of depression during this period are said to have postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression is not the same as mild depression (or baby blues) which is a much more common condition that affects about 30% of women giving birth. Because hormonal changes during the weeks after birth, women new mothers often are emotionally sensitive and tend to mourn easily. Mild depression is annoying, but generally does not interfere with the activities of a mom, and this condition usually disappears within a few weeks. Continue reading Postpartum Depression