The Baby Blues

The baby blues are the least severe form of postpartum depression. For this reason, it is vital not to ignore the changes that are happening in your body. Women often feel confused about dealing with sadness after a new baby is added to the family and tend not to talk about it. However, talking about these emotions, changes, and challenges is an excellent way to cope with the baby blues.

What Causes The Baby Blues?

The baby blues are thought to be linked to the hormone changes that take place during pregnancy and again after a baby is born. These hormonal changes may produce chemical changes in the brain that result in depression.

Moreover, the amount of adjustment that comes after the birth, along with sleep disturbance, disruption of routine, and emotions from the childbirth experience itself can all contribute to how a new mom feels.

When Do The Baby Blues Occur?

The symptoms of the baby blues usually occur for a few minutes up to a few hours each day. These symptoms must lessen and disappear within fourteen days after delivery. The symptoms of baby blues often hit forcefully within four to five days after giving birth. However, it still depends on how the birth of the baby went, they may be noticeable earlier.

Mental Health

What Are The Symptoms of Baby Blues?

  • Weepiness or crying for no apparent reason
  • Sadness
  • Mood changes
  • Impatience
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia

How You Can Take Care Of Yourself When You Have The Baby Blues?

There are various ways how you can take care of yourself if you are having the baby blues:

  • Maintain a well-balanced diet. Having a new baby may cause you not to eat correctly, and too many simple carbohydrates can make mood swings more pronounced.
  • Get outside to enjoy fresh air and life outside the confines of diapers, feedings, and spit-up. Sometimes just a different view for a few moments can make a huge difference.
  • Keep a journal of all your thoughts and feelings. You can also talk with someone that you trust about how you are feeling.
  • Don’t expect perfection in the first few weeks. Give yourself time to heal from birth, to adjust to your new priority, and for feeding and sleeping routines to settle in.
  • Ask for help – help with meals, other children, getting into a routine, or any help that lets you focus on the joy of having a new baby and not just the pressure of juggling it all.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in your feelings. If your symptoms last longer than fourteen days it could be an indication of a more serious condition. Be honest with your feelings. Seek help if you need one.

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