Having a baby is a joyous time for most women. After childbirth, many mothers may feel sad, afraid, angry or anxious. Most new mothers have these feelings in a mild form called postpartum blues. Sometimes these feelings are called “baby blues.” Postpartum blues will usually go away in a few days.
About 10 percent of new mothers have a greater problem called postpartum depression. Postpartum depression lasts longer and is more intense. It often requires counseling and treatment. Postpartum depression can occur after any birth, not just the first.
(ACOG. “Postpartum Depression.” Medem Medical Library.