Your baby’s arrived! This should be the happiest time of your life, but you’re saddled with a case of the baby blues.
Join the club.
Research has found that up to 70 percent of women experience baby blues within a week of giving birth. If you’re feeling under the weather, fear not. Here’s what you need to know about the baby blues and how to send them packing so you can enjoy your new role as a mother.
What Are The Baby Blues?
They’re known as the “baby blues” but they’re actually a mild form of postpartum depression. Common baby blue symptoms include weepiness for no reason, irritability, impatience, restlessness, anxiety, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, mood swings and insomnia. You can blame the baby blues on two things:
- The hormonal changes you’ve experienced since getting pregnant. The estrogen and progesterone hormones rose during pregnancy and now they’ve crashed after your baby’s been delivered. This change in hormone levels can wreak havoc on your mood.
- The changes to your life. You’ve been so worried and excited about welcoming a baby into your life and let’s be honest: your life’s changed a lot already. Your days are all about your baby’s wants and needs. You’ve kissed sleep and your regular routine goodbye. It’s not always easy to make such adjustments, and they’re likely to make you feel a variety of emotions, including depression.
“I’ve Got Baby Blues – Now What?”
You don’t have to live with them! You can get back to feeling good by adopting these five habits
1. Reel In The Support
You’ve gone through an emotional time so you need support. Connecting with positive, helpful loved ones can be a huge relief, especially since it helps to know that people are there to help you out or even just to make you feel like your old self again.
2. Team Up
Your partner is one of your best support systems, but sadly, sometimes a relationship connection tends to drop after a baby arrives on the scene. Prevent that from happening by spending quality time with your partner. Even just doing small things together can strengthen your bond – research finds, for example, that small acts of kindness have a greater positive effect on couples than random big gestures.
3. Look After Mama – We Mean You!
The focus is on your baby now, but you can’t be a good mother to your child if you don’t first look after yourself. By having quality rest, eating healthy foods, getting some sunshine and making a bit of time for things that you love doing, you’ll help yourself bounce back from the baby blues.
4. Be Realistic
Thinking you have to be a martyr and take on everything about being a new mom yourself is a guaranteed way to make you feel even more stressed and depressed. Experiencing a case of the baby blues could actually be the perfect opportunity to reconsider your life values and priorities, such as your work, relationship and your new role as a mom. Realize that you’re not Supermom, nor are you expected to be. You can only do your best with every 24 hours you’re given in a day and right now, you need to make lots of time for yourself to get better.
How To Know If It’s Something More Serious
If your baby blue symptoms last longer than a few weeks after you’ve given birth, and they’re more serious, such as if you’ve had thoughts of suicide or delusions, you could be suffering from postpartum psychosis and should contact your doctor immediately. Although rare, postpartum psychosis affects one in every 1,000 women after they’ve given birth. Getting help is vital so that you can feel better and there’s no shame in asking for it. Postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis can happen to anyone.
Feeling under the weather with baby blues is not what you expected your life to be like after the excitement of welcoming a baby into the world, but you don’t have to suffer through it alone. By giving yourself TLC, spending quality time with your loved ones and having a more balanced approach to your life, you can chase the clouds away.