Up to 4 in 5 new parents (80 percent) have the baby blues. It can affect new parents of any race, age, income, culture or education level. You are not to blame for how you feel. Feeling “blue” does not mean you did anything wrong.
If you feel sad or moody in the first few days after having your baby, you may have the baby blues. Many new parents feel this way.
It is normal to feel emotional highs and lows during this time.
Baby blues usually go away by themselves within a week or two of giving birth. You don’t need medical treatment for baby blues.
Baby blues are different than postpartum depression, which is more severe and lasts longer.
If your sad feelings last longer than 2 weeks, tell your health care provider because you might experience postpartum depression.
What causes the Baby Blues?
Hormone changes that happen after birth may cause the baby blues. After delivery, the amount of the hormones estrogen and progesterone suddenly decreases, causing mood swings. For some people, the hormones made by the thyroid gland may drop sharply, which can make them feel tired and depressed. Not getting enough sleep and not eating well can add to these feelings.
Emotional issues are another possible cause of the baby blues. You may be nervous about taking care of your new baby or be worried about how your life has changed since the baby was born. These thoughts can make you feel sad or depressed.
You may be more at risk for feeling sad after having your baby if you felt depressed during a different pregnancy or at other times in your life.
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