The birth of a new baby is supposed to inspire joy and overwhelming love in a mother. But sometimes it doesn't. Some mothers struggle with feeling let down after the birth of their baby. Others feel overwhelmed by lack of sleep. Most often, new mothers tend to feel weepy and moody during the first couple of weeks after childbirth. All of these feelings, known as the "baby blues" or postpartum blues, are normal and up to 85% of new moms experience them. The blues occur soon after a baby's birth and can last up to two weeks. In addition to feeling sad, many women experience exhaustion due to lack of sleep or insomnia. You may also feel irritable, nervous, and/or worried about the awesome responsibility you bear for this new life. Your body changes rapidly after birth due to a sudden drop in hormone levels after the delivery. Physical and emotional changes can also contribute to the blues. Your body is healing from the delivery and as milk comes in, your breasts may become painfully swollen. Added to this is the emotional transition to motherhood as one adjusts to her new routine. The good news is that the baby blues should soon go away on their own. No medical treatment is necessary other than reassurance and support from family and friends, rest, and avoiding isolation.
Cite this article:
Aradhana Dhanyabad. Baby Blues, Post Partum Depression and its effect on babies. Int. J. Nur. Edu. and Research. 2019; 7(3): 418-420. doi: 10.5958/2454-2660.2019.00095.4