Baby Blues

Postpartum baby blues

The Baby Blues are a period of normal adjustment, usually lasting 2-3 weeks.  Up to 80% of new mothers experience the Baby Blues, which resolve with support from family and friends and increased rest.  The symptoms are unsettling, but do not interfere with a woman’s ability to function.

Symptoms of the Baby Blues include:

  • Sudden mood swings
    (new moms say that they feel the “highest of highs and the lowest of lows”)
  • Loneliness, even among loved ones
  • Sadness and crying spells
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety

Again, the symptoms of the Baby Blues are unsettling but transient.  Baby Blues are NOT considered to be a PMAD; instead, they are a brief period (2-3 weeks) of normal adjustment.   If these issues do not resolve within a few weeks, the mother may be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.

Learn more about the difference between the Baby Blues and PMADs.

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