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
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.