What is the Baby Blues?

During the first week after childbirth, many women get what’s often called the ‘baby blues’. This is probably due to the sudden hormonal and chemical changes that take place in your body after childbirth.

Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling emotional and irrational
  • Bursting into tears for no apparent reason
  • Feeling irritable or touchy
  • Feeling depressed or anxious

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.

  • Cook dinner for her, or make some meals for the freezer.
  • Encourage her to rest as much as possible.
  • Tell her what a great mum she is.
  • Keep visitors to a minimum.
  • If she wants to cry, let her.
  • Listen to her.

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.