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The Mind-Body Connection

Up to 80 percent of women experience “baby blues”—feeling sad or lost for two weeks after giving birth. But if these symptoms aren’t lightening up, it may be a sign of postpartum depression—a more serious condition that can be treated by a mental health professional. Here’s how to spot the difference between the two. 

 Baby Blues

Symptoms last 10 to 14 days after giving birth




Trouble sleeping


Reduced concentration

Postpartum Depression

Symptoms can begin during pregnancy, during the first few weeks after giving birth, or even up to a year after giving birth

Difficulty bonding with your baby

Severe mood swings

Noticeable changes in appetite—either eating much less or much more than usual

Panic attacks

Feelings of hopelessness, shame or guilt that you are not a good mom