Baby blues vs. depression

Shamsah Amersi, MD Obstetrician and Gynecologist, explains the differences between baby blues and postpartum depression in women
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Baby blues vs. depression

Postpartum blues are very common. They're a feeling of emotional vulnerability after the birth of your child. They typically start a few days after the birth and can last up until two weeks. But the symptoms are mild. There's some mild mood swings, irritability, some loss of sleeping, fatigue, and just feeling slightly overwhelmed. These symptoms easily abate with rest, with talking to your family and asking for more support, getting rest and eating well. Postpartum depression is far more severe. The symptoms are very intense to the point that patients have thoughts of hurting themselves or their babies. They're completely unable to take care of their child. And these symptoms last much longer than two weeks; they can last up until a year without treatment.

Shamsah Amersi, MD Obstetrician and Gynecologist, explains the differences between baby blues and postpartum depression in women


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Shamsah Amersi, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Shamsah Amersi, MD is a preeminent Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa membership. At the prestigious, UC San Francisco medical school, Dr. Amersi graduated with top honors, and was recognized as a distinguished member of alpha omega alpha, an honor society for the top 5% of all medical doctors.

Dr. Amersi has received numerous professional and academic awards, including the University of California Distinguished Scholar Award for four consecutive years, an endowed merit scholarship, and the UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award for four consecutive years. Through her private practice in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Amersi is the personal physician to several Hollywood A-list celebrities. Dr. Amersi has been in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist for over ten years. She specializes in natural child birth, offers VBACs to her patients, and focuses on natural conservative treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Her favorite part of her job is delivering babies and sharing this intimate journey with her patients. She provides comprehensive compassionate care for all phases of a woman's life from adolescence through menopause.  Her special interest in female sexuality, libido and the effects of childbirth on pelvic prolapse has led to Dr. Amersi's renowned expertise in these fields. She performs both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic prolapse and vaginal relaxation.


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