Wish We'd Known: What No One Told Us About the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Most moms don't expect to feel down or depressed after giving birth, yet it's suprisingly common. Here's what we wish we'd known about the baby blues and postpartum depression (17 Photos)

Patty Onderko on May 17, 2012 at 7:22PM

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It's Normal to Have Regrets

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a Patty Onderko on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:21PM

You spent hours scouring TTC boards, you checked your temperature and cervical mucus religiously for signs of ovulation, you went to countless gynecological appointments -- and you cried every month when you got your period. But now your baby dream has finally come true…and it doesn't feel too dreamy. It's not at all unusual to question why you wanted a baby so much in the first place, and even to regret that you did. Taking care of a newborn is exhausting and overwhelming and, combined with your out-of-whack post-birth hormones, it's easy to feel like you're in over your head. Know this: You are not the first person to think this! Taking care of a baby gets easier and, if it's just the baby blues, you should feel better in a few weeks. If you don't, talk to your ob or your doctor about getting help.

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