Robert Kennedy, Kelley Suttenfield

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Postpartum Blues

Postpartum blues, also known as "baby blues," affect approximately 50% to 80% of new mothers. Symptoms may include mood swings with times of feeling anxious, irritable, or tearful interspersed with times of feeling well. Sleeping difficulties may also occur. The symptoms usually begin 3-4 days after delivery, worsen by days 5-7, and tend to resolve by day 12. For symptoms that last longer than 2 weeks, it is important for the individual to seek medical attention, since approximately 1 in 5 women with postpartum blues develop postpartum major depression.[1]


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