Baby blues and postpartum depression:
you’re not alone.

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Get help right away if you feel like hurting yourself, your baby or someone else. Go to your nearest emergency department, call 911 or contact a hotline like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255.

The "baby blues" aren't a myth—they're real, and a lot of moms experience them. In fact, In the first few weeks after giving birth it's pretty normal to experience:

  • Mood swings, like going from extreme happiness to sadness
  • Decreased concentration
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Crying spells and tearfulness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety

These symptoms are what's known as the baby blues and they usually go away within a week or two. Learn more about baby blues.

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You're not alone.

1 in 8 women experience postpartum depression, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sometimes people confuse postpartum depression with baby blues, but they're two very different things.

If your symptoms last for more than two weeks after birth, get more extreme, or if you started experiencing them before you gave birth, you may have perinatal depression. You've probably heard of postpartum depression, which occurs post-birth. Perinatal depression is an umbrella term for depression that occurs during or after pregnancy—including postpartum depression.

Perinatal depression can include all of the above symptoms, plus:

  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Feeling irritable or overwhelmed
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or relationships
  • Headaches or stomach problems that do not go away

We don't really know the exact cause of perinatal depression, but hormone fluctuations may play a part. You may be at a higher risk for developing perinatal depression if:

  • You have a personal or family history of depression, anxiety or mood disorders
  • You experience a stressful life event during pregnancy
  • You have a lot of regular life stress
  • You don't have support from family members or loved ones
Whether it's during pregnancy or after baby is born, signs of depression or anxiety can develop. We want you to know that perinatal depression, including postpartum depression is perfectly normal, highly treatable and extremely important to the health of both you and your child. If you suspect you have symptoms, contact your provider. You don't have to suffer in silence—there are tons of treatment options and support groups that can help. Learn more about perinatal depression.

Don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

Priority Health's Behavioral Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 800.673.8043.

Behavioral Health

Priority Health’s Behavioral Health team can help you determine what help is available, what your plan will cover and how to find an in-network therapist or behavioral health care provider.

Call 800.673.8043 or log in to your member account and use our Find a Doctor tool to select a counselor in your network.

myStrength

Priority Health has also partnered with myStrength, a free online resource for mental wellbeing. myStrength provides guided support for specific topics, including anxiety, stress, sleep and more.

You can set up your myStrength account using your Priority Health member ID number.

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