PMD / PPD in the First Weeks after having a Baby
Transcript / Further Thoughts
The first weeks after having a baby is SO hard! You freak out. You don’t know what to do. You’re crying all the time! This video is all about when to seek help and when to wait it out a little bit.
I’m am a PMD specialist or a PPD specialist. PMD stands for perinatal mood disorder, and it covers prenatal and postpartum mood disorders, which is depression and anxiety. We also call that PPD, postpartum depression and anxiety. I’m one of a handful of PMD/PPD specialists in Broward County. I’ll get phone calls from someone who’s about two weeks postpartum. This is more common than you think. They read on the internet that irritability, crying, mood swings, and sadness, should only last a couple of days to a week or so, up to two weeks after a baby’s birth. And they freak out, like, “Oh my gosh, here it is. Two weeks and one day and this is all still going on!”
Everyone’s still insane at two weeks postpartum
Now, from practical experience, from talking to hundreds of women, I would say that adjustment period after you have a baby where you’re crying all the time and you’re trying to figure out what’s going on and you’re feeling like, “Oh, what do I do here?” That period of adjustment in the postpartum period, I think, lasts up to six weeks. I think two weeks is insane.
Everybody’s still insane at two weeks with a new baby. Particularly if it’s your first baby. If