Chinese version: 产后情绪低落
Baby Blues Postpartum - Don't worry you can help yourself
Giving birth is one of the happiest moments in life so why some moms feel sad after childbirth?
After giving birth to my first child I cried for almost two weeks, apparently for no reason. I suffered from a condition called "Baby Blues Postpartum".
Many new moms experience the Baby Blues after delivery. However, some women may experience a deeper depression which lasts much longer. This is called Postpartum Depression.
The Baby Blues Postpartum is a common temporary psychological state right after childbirth that peaks 3-5 days after delivery and lasts from several days to 2 weeks.
Baby Blues are not considered an illness and do not interfere with your ability to care for your child.
|You may have sudden mood swings, feeling very happy, then very sad.|
|Crying for no apparent reason.|
|Feel impatient, unusually irritable, restless, anxious, lonely and sad.|
|Losing interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy.|
|Feeling sad, hopeless, and overwhelmed.|
|Eating too little or too much.|
|Sleeping too little or too much.|
|Noticeable change in how you walk and talk-usually restlessness, but sometimes sluggishness.|
|Extreme fatigue or loss of energy.|
|Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, with no reasonable cause.|
|Difficulty concentrating and making decisions.|
|Thoughts about death or suicide.|
If you have some of the symptoms or your Baby Blues don’t go away after 2 weeks do not hesitate – see your doctor.
Your doctor can ask you questions to test for depression. Your doctor can also refer you to a mental health professional that specializes in treating depression.
|Tell your partner, family and friends how you feel after delivery and ask for help.|
|It is important to discuss your feelings with your partner and allow him to express his feelings too.|
|Rest as much as you can. Sleep when the baby is sleeping.|
|Make time to go out, visit friends, or spend time alone with your partner.|
|Try to eat your meals on a regular basis.|
|Drink a lot of water or fluids.|
|It is recommended doing physical activity every day.|
|Crying is allowed.|
|Avoiding or postponing unnecessary activities.|
|Talk with other mothers so you can learn from their experiences.|
|Taking care of a baby is demanding so get help from someone you trust.|
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