Post-partum Depression

Many new mothers experience the "baby blues" during the first week or two after birth. The "blues" are caused by the hormonal changes that occur after giving birth, fatigue, and the emotional ups and downs that come with adjusting to her new role as a mother. Post-partum depression is a more serious type of major depression that affects 1 in 10 women within the first year of giving birth.

Make sure you get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat a healthy diet. If mood changes or depression are interfering with your ability to eat, sleep, function normally or if you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, talk to your health care provider, as these may be signs of treatable post-partum depression.