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Most new moms will experience what's known as the "baby blues." Shortly after delivery, as hormone levels plummet, postpartum women often experience mood swings and find themselves crying "for no reason." This is considered to be in the range of normal. However, if symptoms last for more than two weeks or are interfering with caring for your baby or yourself, you may have a condition known as postpartum depression (PPD)

According to the American Psychological Association, postpartum depression affects up to 1 in 7 women. Although it usually manifests within a few months of birth, it can appear at any point postpartum. Regardless of when it appears, it's a serious mood disorder that does not go away on its own. Because it can affect the well-being of everyone in the family, it's important not to let it go untreated. 

If you have from postpartum depression, you don't have to suffer in silence. Rest assured that you won't always feel this way, and in the meantime, these coping strategies can provide you with much-needed relief.