Giving birth can be a magical experience, but it can also be emotionally draining. After delivering a baby, mothers sometimes experience emotional changes because of the demands of motherhood and hormonal adjustments. In fact, up to 80 percent of women experience the “baby blues”, which is a normal reaction that lasts up to a couple of weeks after giving birth.
Some mothers feel especially moody and anxious for a longer period of time. About 10 to 15 percent of new mothers experience clinical depression and/or anxiety. Symptoms of peripartum and postpartum depression and anxiety include the following: