Baby blues are very common, affecting up to 80 per cent of new mothers.
Women will experience symptoms three to five days after the birth, such as mood swings, teariness, feeling overwhelmed and/or anxious. It’s not really understood why women experience baby blues but it is thought that it may be due to rapidly changing hormone levels after the birth. The birth experience may also play a role in baby blues.
If you have the baby blues it may be reassuring to know that symptoms usually go away after a few days without needing to be treated. However, support and affirmation from your partner and others around you will be very helpful.
If your symptoms don’t shift after a few days it is important to let your health professional know as it may be a sign of developing depression or anxiety. Sometimes it can be hard to know if you are experiencing symptoms of depression. Some women simply take it for granted that having a new baby is hard work and feeling a bit low and a bit overwhelmed is all part of being a new parent. If you’re not sure try talking to someone about it. Depression and anxiety will need specific treatment for your own wellbeing and that of your baby.
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