Bigger Than “Baby Blues”

Postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and postpartum OCD can be very serious—and very real–occurrences after having a baby. Nobody wants to worry about this type of post-delivery condition ruining one of the most joyous occasions in life, but the unfortunate truth is it can happen to anyone. In fact, approximately one in every nine women will experience PPD, PPA, or PPOCD.

And make no mistake: this is more than just “the baby blues” we’re talking about. Many women experience an emotional downturn after giving birth, experiencing some feelings of sadness or detachment that can sometimes last for several days. But if you’ve gone more than a week experiencing a profound sadness, not sleeping, or feeling like you can’t connect with your baby, you could be suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, or OCD. But remember: it’s not your fault, it can happen to any one of us, it does not mean you’re “broken” or “damaged” in any way, and—most importantly—there is help available.

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