7 Things You Didn't Realize Are Signs Of Postpartum Depression

Ad failed to load

Most new parents are aware of the major red flags of postpartum depression, or PPD: sadness, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, anger toward or feeling disconnected to the baby. But not all PPD signs are so obvious. There are several subtle things you didn't realize are signs of postpartum depression.

It can be hard for a mom to recognize that she may be suffering from PPD. After all, how can you expect to go through all of the changes a baby brings to your home, lifestyle, and sleep schedule without feeling a range of emotions? Also, how do you know it's not just the baby blues? According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the baby blues is a mild, brief bout of depression that at least 50 percent of new moms will go through, while around 10 to 20 percent of women will experience postpartum depression.

It may be difficult to tell the difference in the early stages. Because of this, all new moms whose doctors do not currently screen for postpartum mood and anxiety disorders should speak to a healthcare professional if they are exhibiting any signs associated with depression, anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder.

Ad failed to load

Here are a few things you may be experiencing that you didn't realize are signs of PPD.

Ad failed to load



It's nearly impossible to find a new mother who isn't fatigued, however Postpartum Progress noted that there's a difference between the normal fatigue that comes from lots of late night feedings and interrupted sleep and the kind of deep fatigue associated with PPD that is not alleviated with rest. If you finally start getting six or more hours of sleep and you still feel extremely worn down, call your doctor.



Insomnia is a dangerous symptom of PPD. Postpartum Progress noted a study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, which found that depression symptoms worsen in PPD patients when their quality of sleep declines. Moms who suffer with insomnia can have difficulty caring for their infants as their concentration and good judgement declines.

3Excessive Weight Loss


Psycholigst Diana Lynn Barnes wrote in Midwifery Today that she experienced excessive weight loss after giving birth to her daughter which was later attributed to PPD. For some moms, losing interest in eating may sound like a "good problem" to have, but the reality is that your body needs to be adequately nourished in order to handle all of the rigors that come with breastfeeding and taking care of a newborn. Your body should naturally signal the need for those additional calories, but if you aren't getting those hunger signals, it could be a sign of PPD.

Ad failed to load



A mom who isn't experiencing PPD will take her difficulties and mistakes in stride and realize that she's doing the best that she can. Moms with PPD will have an overwhelming amount of guilt and feel that their babies deserve better mothers, according to Postpartum Progress. A mom struggling with PPD will often believe that if she isn't the perfect mom, then she is the worst mom.

5Loss Of Interest In Things You Used To Enjoy


It's normal to lose interest in some activities after having a baby. Salsa dancing with your girlfriends is less appealing when you know you have to get up for a 3 a.m. feeding. But the American Pregnancy Association warned that if you start to lose interest in simple activities that you've always enjoyed, like marathon viewing your favorite TV show or having coffee and conversation with your best friend, it may be a sign of PPD.



Samantha Meltzer-Brody, M.D., director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the University of North Carolina Center for Women's Mood Disorders told Shape that sadness can manifest in different ways. For some people, it comes out as irritability. Some moms with PPD may not cry, but instead will have a short fuse. Everything will get on their nerves and they feel at the brink of snapping at any moment.

Ad failed to load

7Brain Fog


You might dismiss brain fog as "mommy brain" but Postpartum Progress warns that when you're dealing with depression you can have a hard time remembering things, thinking of the right words, and multitasking. Your head is cloudy and it can put you and your baby at risk while driving, cooking, or even going out for a walk.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack