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Many women will experience mood swings after the birth of a child. Even though this range of emotions is normal, it is still classified as a form of postpartum depression. While the “baby blues” are the least severe form of postpartum depression, it is important not to ignore the changes that are happening in your body.


How often do women experience the “baby blues”?

Approximately 50% to 75% of all new mothers experience some negative feelings or mood swings after the birth of their child.

When do the “baby blues” occur?

Often the symptoms of “baby blues” will occur suddenly within four to five days after the birth of the baby.

What are the symptoms of “baby blues”?

Symptoms of “baby blues” include:

  • Crying for no apparent reason
  • Impatience
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia (even when the baby is sleeping)
  • Sadness
  • Mood changes
  • Poor concentration

What causes the “baby blues”?

The exact cause of the “baby blues” is unknown at this time. It may have to do with the hormone changes that occur during pregnancy and again after a baby is born. These hormonal changes may produce chemical changes in the brain that result in depression.

How long do the “baby blues” last?

The symptoms normally last for a few minutes or a few hours each day for only a few days. The “baby blues” should disappear within ten days after delivery.

How can you take care of yourself?

There are several different ways that you can care for yourself if you are having the “baby blues.”

  • Talk with someone that you trust about how you are feeling.
  • Maintain a well balanced diet. Having a new baby may cause you not to eat correctly, and too many simple carbohydrates can make mood swings more pronounced.
  • Keep a journal of all your thoughts and feelings.
  • Take time to exercise. Maintaining an active lifestyle with moderate exercise can help manage symptoms of depression.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in your feelings. If your symptoms last longer than ten days it could be an indication of a more serious condition, such as postpartum depression, and would require that you consult a healthcare provider.