Aug. 30, 2022

Postpartum Depression? or Baby Blues?

Postpartum Depression? or Baby Blues?

Society tells us that motherhood is easy, breezy, beautiful, and natural. So why do new mothers feel anxious, depressed, or alone? And are these feelings signs of post-partum depression or to-be-expected baby blues? Molly and Blaire debrief.

How do we know if the emotional ups and downs of post-partum life are normal reactions to new motherhood or a treatable medical condition? And why is it so hard to talk about these feelings? Molly and Blaire speak about their own post-partum experiences and do a little digging on what the difference between these two phenomena really is.

In this episode, Molly and Blaire discuss:

  • Signs of clinical PPD versus baby blues symptoms
  • Why it's important to check in with new moms (and how to do it well)
  • Ways to lessen the effects of the baby blues

Here are links to resources mentioned in the episode:

American Psychiatric Association: "What is Peripartum Depression (formerly Postpartum)?"

Heidi Murkoff for What to Expect: "The Baby Blues"

Need someone to talk to? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free and confidential emotional support—they talk about more than just suicide.

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