What are the “baby blues”?
“Baby blues” or postpartum blues affect 45% – 80% of all new mothers. The “blues” usually start about the third day after delivery and last up to 10 days.
Why do the “blues” happen?
- hormonal changes
- being physically tired from the pregnancy and childbirth experience
- the changes in how couples/families can talk to each other
- lack of sleep
- the many changes a new baby brings
How do I know if I have the “blues”?
- crying spells
- mood swings
- feeling very tired
- being unable to go to sleep
- Get as much sleep or rest as possible.
- Talk to others, share how you feel.
- Take time for yourself – have a bath, go for a walk, or phone a friend.
- Let others do more of your jobs, such as housework.
- Remember that the “blues” will end soon. If they don’t, you might have postpartum depression.
Reproduced with permission from the Capital Health Authority