We spoke with Kirkland’s EvergreenHealth Medical Center’s perinatal mood disorder care specialist, nurse practitioner Patricia Morgan, to dispel some myths. And, more importantly, what people can do to support a loved one who might be suffering.
Tell us about the difference between “baby blues” and postpartum depression. At what point should people question whether they need professional help?
There is a spectrum of moods and feelings that accompany an event as enormous as the birth of a child. Baby blues will generally happen in the first two postpartum weeks. Generally, good self-care and loving care from friends and family, some good food, and some restorative sleep
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