When Should You Call Your Doctor?
If the blues persist beyond two weeks, it may signal the onset of postpartum depression. Some other clues that you may need medical attention: a loss of pleasure from once-loved activities, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, and low energy and motivation. In addition, you may experience sleep problems, feelings of guilt, and appetite disturbances.
Left untreated, postpartum depression may lead to thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby. If you are feeling depressed, contact your ob-gyn or a mental-health provider specializing in postpartum depression. For more information, check out postpartum.net or depressionafterdelivery.com.
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