Two days after I came home from the hospital with my newborn daughter, I found myself sobbing in bed and cradling her to my chest. I couldn’t explain to anyone why I was so upset or what was happening. There was only one word that can convey what I was feeling — sadness. I would feel fine in the mornings, but as the day wore on, I became paralyzed with a darkness. I was concerned and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I was worried that this was one of the many signs of postpartum depression.
It’s incredibly important that you talk about your feelings and speak to your doctor, regardless if you think it’s baby blues or PPD. To better understand symptoms of PPD and what can cause them, I spoke with Katherine Stone, founder and director of Postpartum Progress, a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about PPD while offering a safe place for women to find support. “When you recognize you are not yourself and that you aren't able to function on a daily basis as you would like, that’s a sign,” Stone says. But as she also notes that “what PPD looks like for one mom is not what it necessarily looks like for another” so it’s important not to stick to list of symptoms when it comes to helping yourself or another new mom. That being said, there are some symptoms of PPD that are fairly common. Here are just a few signs that you or another woman has more than a touch ouch of the baby blues.