Symptoms can include:
The baby blues are thought to be linked to hormonal changes that happen during the week after giving birth. Your body has some major adjustments to make, which may include coming down from the adrenaline high that you felt when your baby was born.
How can I help someone with the baby blues to feel better?
If you are a partner, relative or friend of a mum with the baby blues, reassure her that it’s normal to feel this way. She may be exhausted and unsure of herself. Try the following:
Help her to organise her time, and work out what needs doing now, and what can wait.
Above all, let her know you are there for her, no matter what. Give her the space she needs to take care of herself, too.
If these symptoms persist two weeks post birth or appear to worsen during these first few weeks, then this could be a sign of postnatal depression. If you think you may have postnatal depression please contact your Health Visitor or GP for advice. You can also contact us for additional support and information.