What the Lingo Means

Baby Blues – feelings of sadness that occur WITHIN two weeks of childbirth (NOTE: these feelings may not occur AND/OR they do not stop after 2 weeks.  If these feelings DO NOT go away or return, seek medical attention immediately.)

Antenatal Mood Disorders – mood disorders that occur DURING pregnancy

Postpartum Mood Disorders – mood disorders that usually occur between 2 weeks and 12 months AFTER childbirth

Perinatal Mood Disorders – term encompassing antenatal and postpartum mood disorders

Common Types of Mood Disorders (by no means a complete list):

  • Depression (PPD)
  • Anxiety (PPA)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD/PPOCD)
  • Psychosis (PPP)
  • Bi-Polar

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