Baby Blues aren’t just a description for your little one’s adorable eyes.
There’s enormous pressure to be happy and bubbly and over the moon with your new little bundle of joy. After all, you’ve just had a baby! Hooray!
But for some people, their emotions after baby are anything but joy. They may be struggling to feel like their normal selves again, they may feel disconnected from their baby and/or partner, and they may feel inadequate as a parent, partner, and person.
You expect that your baby is going to cry. You might not have expected that you’d be so tearful, too.
The good news in this? It’s normal. The even better news? It’s usually very short-lived.
The Baby Blues affect up to 85% of birthing people after delivery (and some partners, too!). The Baby Blues are a normal, short-term period of sadness, crying, irritability, anxiety, and general moodiness. They’re triggered by hormonal fluctuation as your body re-adjusts its estrogen and progesterone levels that were all out of whack in pregnancy.
For most people, the Baby Blues come on around days 3-5 after birth and they can last up to 2 weeks. (If your symptoms are continued beyond the first few weeks after baby, or they come on later, you might be experiencing Postpartum Depression and you should make an appointment with an appropriate healthcare provider.)
What can help alleviate the Baby Blues?
– Sleep is KEY
– Fresh air and sunshine
– Social support
– Asking your OB/Midwife about progesterone, vitamin D, and other supplements
If you think you are experiencing the Baby Blues, please talk to someone. Your partner, your postpartum doula, your family, and your friends can listen and support. You might even be surprised how many of your friends’ responses are, “Oh my gosh! I had the same feelings!” since over 75% of women experience this phenomenon. Get input on making a strategy to increase your sleep and gentle outdoor activities. Ask for help with the tasks that are overwhelming you.
Most importantly, know that you are not alone.