The Baby Blues is a period of mild depression that affects the majority of women who have just given birth. The Blues can last from a few hours to at most a few days. We have identified various symptoms to help you recognise the Blues and these can be found in detail on our symptoms page.
What causes the Blues?
There are several possible causes, some could be physical, emotional or a mixture of the two. During and after pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes, particularly hormonal changes. These rapid changes in the stopping and the production of various hormones can trigger the Blues. A lot of new mothers think they are prepared for the sleepless nights that come with a newborn baby. However, lack of sleep is just one factor that contributes to the feeling of total weariness and exhaustion that comes with the Blues.
A difficult pregnancy or a difficult birth can take a toll on you emotionally and physically. The constant worry about your newborn’s health, particularly if you are a first time mum is draining and can keep you awake at night. Peace and rest would be bliss after having a baby but unfortunately, it’s not the reality for most mums and the added pressure of coping with everyday life as well as your newborn can be overwhelming at first.
How will you fit it all in, especially if you feel this tired after just a few hours or nights? Fortunately with the Blues, these feelings and thoughts pass very quickly and you and your baby can then enjoy each other.
How can you help?
The best way to help someone with the Baby Blues is to give as much support as you can both physically and emotionally. Let them cry their hearts out and just be there if they want to talk. Try to let them rest as much as possible as things are always worse when you are tired. And finally, if the symptoms persist after a few days, speak to a health professional.