What are the signs and symptoms of postpartum blues?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Rapidly fluctuating mood, tearfulness, irritability, and anxiety are common symptoms of postpartum blues. [83, 84, 85, 86] Symptoms peak on the fourth or fifth day after delivery and last for several days, but they are generally time-limited and spontaneously remit within the first 2 postpartum weeks. [83] Symptoms do not interfere with a mother's ability to function and to care for her child.


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