Conclusions: The findings suggested that the Self-EAR program was effective to improve postpartum blues scores and allopregnanolone level among newly postpartum blues mothers.
KEYWORD: Postpartum blues, Self-EAR program, Self-Empowerment, Self-Affirmation, Progressive muscle relaxation, Newly blues mothers.
"Understanding the biology of postpartum blues
is important because when it is severe it leads to clinical level postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbearing affecting 13% of mothers, and one that can have a devastating impact," said Dr.
The second category of postpartum depressive disorders is known as postpartum depression, which is a more serious and incapacitating psychiatric condition than postpartum blues. (14) Approximately 10% to 15% of mothers experience postpartum depression.
Women suffering from postpartum depression develop many of the same symptoms reported by women suffering from postpartum blues, such as irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
Up to 85% of new mothers experience a depressed mood after [birth..sup.2,3] This disorder, known as postpartum blues, develops within the first 2 weeks after delivery.
Because so many women experience postpartum blues, it is usually considered an expected part of the birth process rather than a psychiatric problem.
About one-fourth of women with postpartum blues
later develop clinically significant depression, she said.
Although postpartum blues
are very common--affecting 50%-80% of women--postpartum depression is more serious and less common, and Dr.
It is important to distinguish true clinical depression from "postpartum blues
." Postpartum baby blues are characterized by sadness, heightened emotionality, or increased reactivity.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Testing for antithyroid antibodies in maternal blood during pregnancy can help predict which women will later develop postpartum blues
The postpartum blues
affect 50%-80% of mothers in the early postpartum period.