How can I tell if my sadness after pregnancy is normal or a sign of depression?
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It’s normal to feel blue sometimes. But if you are feeling a loss of interest in things that used to make you happy, talk with your ob-gyn. Other signs of depression include:
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Sleeping more than normal
- Having trouble paying attention or making decisions
Talk with your ob-gyn about how you are feeling. Together you can determine if your sadness is depression and discuss what kind of help you need.
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Published: October 2020
Last reviewed: October 2020
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