Is it the Baby Blues or something more serious?

Is it the Baby Blues or something more serious?

Do you know that most moms, nearly 80%, experience baby blues after the birth of their baby? Since motherhood is a major transition in a woman’s life and because of a drastic hormone change that occurs after childbirth, it is understandable that many mothers are going through this transient period of moody mood in the early days of the postpartum. But what are the symptoms of baby blues? How do you know if the symptoms are not a reflection of a more severe condition such as postpartum depression or another mood disorder? How to facilitate the baby blues period? You will find answers to these questions in my informative video. Or you can read the full post below the video.

It’s good to know that baby blues is not an illness and that it resolves on its own as the body adapts to change and you become accustomed to your new role as a mother (either for a first baby or an additional one).

Baby blues usually appears three to five days after delivery, usually around the time milk production starts. Symptoms include:

– mood swings (alternating laughter and tears for no apparent reason)

– sadness

– irritability

– frustration

– fatigue

– insomnia

– sensation to be overwhelmed by events

– a feeling of vulnerability or not feeling competent as a mother

– a lack of appetite.

These symptoms do not last very long, from a few hours to a few days.

The sadness and tears associated with the baby blues come and go and are interspersed with times when you feel happy and experience pleasure during your day. On the other hand, what is important to know is that the baby blues goes away by the second or third week of the postpartum period. Time is also a crucial factor to consider. When symptoms occur two to three weeks after birth or when they last longer than two to three weeks after delivery, it is no longer the baby blues especially if you are unable to function and take proper care of your baby because of your symptoms. You then need to reach out to your healthcare provider. Don’t make a diagnosis on your own. Remember, anytime you are worried about how you feel, about thoughts that go through your mind, and about how it affects your normal functioning, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider right away. Do not be ashamed to seek help to make you feel better. It shows that you care for your wellbeing and that of your baby.

Finally, how can you as a mother go through the emotional roller coaster caused by the baby blues more easily? Here are some helpful suggestions:

– Support is the key. Do not hesitate to ask for help from your partner, relatives or a professional person such as a postpartum doula like me for your care and the care of your baby. Get help in any way you can.

– Talk about how you feel to your partner, family, friend, other mothers, or health care provider

– Take a nap whenever you have the opportunity.

– Limit the number of visitors in your house if it tires you or if it stresses you.

– Take the time for skin-to-skin contact with your baby.

– Let your tears flow without worrying about why you are crying

And finally, do not aim for perfection as a mother. Be kind and compassionate to yourself. Motherhood is an apprenticeship.

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