postpartum blues


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blues

 [blo̳z]
popular term for a state of sadness; see depression.
maternity blues (postpartum blues) popular terms for postpartum depression.

postpartum blues

mood disturbance (including insomnia, weepiness, depression, anxiety, and irritability) experienced by up to 50% of women the first week postpartum; apparently precipitated by progesterone withdrawal.

postpartum blues

Etymology: L, post, after, partus, birth; ME, bleu
an emotional effect of childbirth experienced by mothers, consisting mainly of transient feelings of sadness for a period of about 72 hours. If the symptom persists for a longer period, the diagnosis of depression may apply. The condition may require psychotherapy, use of antidepressant medications, or both. It may occur more than once in the same person after subsequent pregnancies and may have serious consequences if untreated. See also postpartum depression.

post·par·tum blues

(pōst-pahr'tŭm blūz)
Mood disturbance (including insomnia, weepiness, depression, anxiety, and irritability) experienced by up to 50% of women the first week postpartum; apparently precipitated by progesterone withdrawal.

post·par·tum blues

(pōst-pahr'tŭm blūz)
Mood disturbance (including insomnia, tearfulness, depression, anxiety, and irritability) experienced by up to 50% of women the first week after birth.
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