(HealthDay News) -- Having a baby is a big adjustment in a woman's life, and she may experience fatigue, irritability and unexplained emotional swings, including crying. But if those symptoms don't go away within the first few weeks after giving birth, postpartum depression may be responsible.
Postpartum depression is thought to be caused by the significant hormonal changes a woman undergoes after giving birth, according to The National Women's Health Information Center. Feelings of being overwhelmed, lack of sleep, and stress caused by a new daily routine may also trigger depression.
Women with postpartum depression typically show signs of moodiness, overwhelming sadness, anxiety, lack of energy, or irregular eating and sleeping patterns. If these symptoms last for more than a few weeks, you should talk to your doctor.
The NWIC offers some suggestions on dealing with postpartum depression, including asking for help from friends, your spouse or other family members.
Sleep when the baby is taking a nap to help catch up on your sleep. Many women also find comfort in support groups, where new mothers can share their new experiences. You should also try to get out of the house each day -- even just for an errand or a brief walk.
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