Post Birth: How To Help Overcome Baby Blues
Many mothers experience changes in emotions and mood at some point in their pregnancy and in the first few weeks after birth. This is a normal part of adjusting to the changes of becoming a mother.
Pregnancy and giving birth are emotional experiences. Having a newborn baby is exhilarating, exhausting, and physically challenging. The sense of responsibility can be daunting. Feelings of inadequacy and guilt can be overwhelming.
The baby blues are so common they are considered normal for new mothers. Most new mothers feel baby blues a few days after the birth.
Baby blues usually begin on day 3 after your baby has been born. As your body starts to return to normal, these feelings pass.
Signs of baby blues:
You might be tearful, emotional, and irritable. You might feel isolated, vulnerable, and lonely. This may be due to a change in your hormone levels.
The baby blues can make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. You may go from feeling great joy to feeling great sadness.
How long do the baby blues last?
Although you may find it distressing, the baby blues will pass quickly, usually within 1 to 2 weeks. Baby blues usually go away by themselves within a week or two of giving birth.
You don’t need medical treatment for baby blues.
Talk to a person close to you, like a partner, family member or close friend. You will need support to help you get as much rest as you can.
If the baby blues last longer than 2 weeks, contact your midwife, public health nurse or GP. If you feel sad or moody in the first few days after having your baby, you may have the baby blues. Many new parents feel this way.
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