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More than the blues: Dealing with postpartum depression

For some new moms, feelings of joy after having a baby mix with feelings of sadness, worry and tiredness. Sometimes these feelings are intense and can last a long time. They can make it hard for a mom to live her life and take care of her baby. This is called postpartum depression (also called PPD). It’s a serious medical condition that needs treatment to get better.

If you have PPD, you’re not alone, and it’s not your fault. Learn more about PPD, including signs and symptoms and how it’s treated. If you think you have PPD, call your health care provider. Treatment can help you feel better.

Here’s how PPD may make you feel: