Having a baby is exhilarating and inspiring, but after all of your body’s changes, sleepless nights, and new stressors, it’s no surprise nearly 80% of moms report experiencing the baby blues soon after they give birth.
What causes the baby blues?
After you have your baby, your hormone levels drop, your milk volume increases, and you may find the “full” feeling of your breasts to be uncomfortable. These changes, paired with the stress of a new child, can bring about a glum feeling amidst such exciting times.
What can I do to feel better?
Keep in mind, it’s very normal to feel down after your baby comes. In most cases, it doesn’t last very long. The best treatment is the loving support of friends and family. Don’t be afraid to break down, cry, or talk to them. They’ll understand the journey through motherhood isn’t always an easy one. Also, make sure you take some time to relax. Give yourself some credit. You just brought life into this world! That’s an incredible feat. Although you may feel eager to be “super mom,” remember that sleep deprivation will only make the baby blues worse. So, relax, sleep, and take care of yourself so you can be the best mom possible.
What’s the difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression?
The main difference is that the baby blues are temporary and don’t require any medical care. However, if you notice persistent depression or have experienced clinical anxiety or depression in the past, be sure to talk to your doctor about your feelings. Those more intense feelings of sadness may be from postpartum depression, in which case you should work with your doctor to get the care you need, so it doesn’t worsen over time.
Remember, we have a community of moms here to support you as well. Hang in there!