The coming of a newborn baby into any family is often a joyous moment. Indeed, first-time mothers and couples do find a reason to be joyous knowing that they have now embarked on a long path to taking care of their newborn baby. However, that joy is often shuttered a few days later. While other family members will still remain joyous, the mother often develops what is referred to as baby blues.
Baby blues are a form of depression that affects between 70-80% of new mothers and in particular first-time mothers. You suddenly experience unusual changes including regular mood swings, unexplained tiredness and low or high appetite among other changes. High mild or intense these changes can depend on your delivery experience.
You are most likely to experience baby blues within the first week of delivering your baby. You may experience some or all of the following symptoms;
• Unexplained reason to cry or weep
• Intense restlessness
• Increased anxiety
• General body fatigue
• Sadness on a regular basis
• Lack of concentration
• Unexplained impatience
Baby blue symptoms are never continuous. You are bound to experience them for several minutes or hours every day. The eventually resolve on their own after about two weeks after onset of symptoms.
Cause(s) of baby blues remain unknown. Development of resultant changes is believed to be caused by the various changes that your body goes through after delivery.
Your body is naturally bound to go through a lot of changes soon after you deliver. The fact that you no longer carry a living baby in your womb is enough to cause you some trouble. Furthermore, the level of your hormones is also bound to change, which no doubt also causes some major changes in how your feel. Anxiety also comes in since you are bound to worry about your newborn’s welfare. All these are believed to contribute to the occurrence of baby blues.
How to Cope
The period soon after delivery is very critical. It is a period when you need to be in good health both physically and emotionally so as to take care of your newborn properly. This is also the time your partner should come in to help. This is also the time you need others around you especially family close family members and friends.
The company that you need around you should not be to help in caring for your baby. Those you have around you should help you in overcoming baby blues and associated symptoms. You literally need support in every way possible.
You too need to play your part in overcoming the adverse changes you go through. You need to avoid any negative thoughts you may harbor in addition to having a lot of rest as much as possible knowing that baby blues and associated symptoms are only temporary and are bound to ease off after a few weeks.