After having a baby, many moms have their eyes peeled for the red flags of postpartum depression (PPD). But mood disorders in the postpartum phases have different levels of severity, and it could be easy to miss the more sublte symptoms of the lesser known baby blues. In fact, many experiences that you may think of as common new mom stuff are actually things you didn't realize are signs of the baby blues. Just because the symptoms are not as prominent, overwhelming, or long lasting as PPD, doesn't mean women experiencing the baby blues don't need support and understanding too.
The prevalence of this condition is more universal than you may realize. As the website for the American Pregnancy Association reported, "approximately70 to 80 percent of all new mothers experience some negative feelings or mood swings after the birth of their child." With the majority of postpartum women being symptomatic of the baby blues, it's easy to see why some of these feelings begin to become accepted as "normal." However, these mild and temporary feelings can still have a profound effect on a new mother's experience and should not be disregarded. When considering what you go through as a new mother, be on the lookout for these easily missed signs of the baby blues, and know you're not alone.