Welcoming a baby can elicit many powerful emotions. New moms can expect to feel excitement, fear and everything in between. Mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, depression and difficulty sleeping are not at all uncommon and typically start to fade within a couple of weeks of childbirth.
However, some women develop serious postpartum depression, characterized by feelings of extreme sadness and anxiety that might interfere with a woman’s ability to care for herself or her family. Therapists specializing in postpartum issues can help women struggling with the common, and usually less serious, “baby blues” and those suffering from severe postpartum depression.