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UCSD Experts: 80 Percent Of Women Experience ‘Baby Blues’ Shortly After Giving Birth
According to the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a statewide non-profit that educates women about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, about 80 percent of new moms experience what’s known as the “baby blues.” The baby blues typically affect a woman three to five days after giving birth and can last for up to ten days, with symptoms that include unexplained crying, irritability and sadness.
“Women with questions about depression during and after pregnancy are some of the most common callers to our information line,” said Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and director of the CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line, which is based at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. “That’s why it’s so important new moms take some time for themselves after giving birth and what better time to remind them of that than during Mother’s Day,” she added.
While many new moms fall into the category of typical “baby blues,” about 15 to 20 percent suffer from post-partum depression, which often carries more severe symptoms and requires immediate medical attention. For more information on post-partum depression and its treatments, contact your doctor or visit www.postpartum.net.
Questions or concerns about anti-depressants or other medications to treat depression during pregnancy or breastfeeding can be directed to CTIS Pregnancy Health Information Line counselors at (800) 532-3749 or via instant message counseling at CTISPregnancy.org. Outside of California, please call CTIS’ national affiliate, the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, at (866) 626-6847.
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