Vanessa Lachey Talks Postpartum Depression vs. 'Baby Blues'
When new mom Vanessa Lachey described feeling down after the arrival of her son, Camden, it wasn't as bad as postpartum depression. "I opened up last week about baby blues and actually felt the need today to kind of clarify, just for people out there, it's different than postpartum depression and I don't want to take anything away from women who actually go through that because it is very, very serious," she said on a recent edition of "E! News."
"There's a difference in the sense that baby blues happen to probably 70 to 80 percent of women a couple weeks after the baby was born. It's just, you get sad, you get irritable, you feel confused, you feel lost … and then postpartum depression happens to 10 to 20 percent of women and some celebrity moms have spoken up about it -- Brooke Shields, Gwyneth Paltrow -- but that's more severe and it can last up to six months or even further on than that, and you have serious thoughts that go through your head."
She concluded by assuring women who might be feeling the so-called "baby blues" that what they're experiencing is normal -- as long as they don't let it "take over and become postpartum depression."