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What Is Baby Blues?

Baby blues occurs due to the psychological changes women encounters after giving birth. Just a few days after having your baby you may feel moody, weepy, and irritable. A majority of women don’t expect to feel unexpected sadness after having a baby. 

Women experience the baby blues during the first couple of weeks after childbirth feel sadness, irritability, and bouts of crying. Accordingly to American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists have concluded that about 80% of the new mothers have the baby blues. 

Causes of Baby Blues

The actual triggering cause of baby blues is unknown. Many experts believe that hormonal changes after delivering are thought to be the primary causes. After childbirth estrogen and progesterone decrease drastically. 

Signs And Symptoms of Baby Blues

Mood swings: Woman can experience a range of emotions after giving birth. After giving birth, women experience dramatic changes in hormone levels, which result in mood swings. 

  • Crying: You're blessed with a beautiful baby and a loving partner, yet you find yourself crying all suddenly. It only last for a couple of days. 
  • Anxiety: Many women will be highly involved during all times in taking care of their newborn. The feeling of anxiety is quite normal especially if is her first child. The expression fight-or-flight response takes over for the mother. 
  • Impatience and Irritability:  Having so many physical changes after giving birth makes the women more impatience and irritable. 
  • Problem In Concentration: Pregnant women experienced the worst problems in memory tasks. It’s quite normal to have problems concentrating. 
  • Lack of Sleep: Sleep deprivation is an inevitable part of having a baby.
  • Sadness: Feeling sadness is a common problem during and after pregnancy. 

How Long Do The Baby Blues Last?

The symptoms of the baby blues usually occur within minutes and up to a few hours each day. These symptoms should start lessening and disappear around fourteen days after giving birth. 

How To Deal With Baby Blues?

There are many things you can to do deal with the baby blues. 

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Adjust your sleep schedule
  • Get support from your family
  • Make time for yourself
  • Limit visitors
  • Make time to bond with your newborn

Baby Blues VS Postpartum Depression

Baby blues should not be confused with postpartum depression it’s the least severe form of depression.

The condition gets cured on its own within fourteen days after giving birth. Postpartum depression last on average for a month or longer. It affects 10-20% of women. 

Baby Blues In Men

Postnatal depression can affect both men and women, but new dads' symptoms are often overlooked. The baby blues usually start after three to six months after birth. 

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