Baby Blues Postpartum

Sam Duncan P-5

Description and Examples

Baby blues is a common temporary psychological state right after childbirth when a new mother may have sudden mood swings. This can include feeling guilty, irritable, impatient, having anxiety, even being overly happy. These baby blues can last a few hours after the birth up to one to two weeks after the delivery. The baby blues are a less severe than postpartum depression or postpartum psychosis.

Gwyenth Paltrow-

"At my lowest, I was a robot. I just didn't feel anything. I had no maternal instincts for him—it was awful. I couldn't connect, and still, when I look at pictures of him at three months old, I don't remember that time." Gwyenth Paltrow speaks out about her slight postpartum depression and how she cannot recall this time of her child's life.

Symptoms and Duration

Symptoms of postpartum baby blues include, but are not limited to, difficulty sleeping at night even when everyone else if sleeping, a change in appetite, high anxiety, hopelessness, irritability or anger, low self-esteem, lack of energy and frequent crying. The duration of these feelings usually last very temporarily and the mother knows it will only be temporary. If these feelings and actions do not subside after a few short weeks and the symptoms are getting in the way of the mother functioning normally, this could be postpartum depression or even postpartum psychosis.

How to Cope

Some moms seek out counselling and others don't speak out about it at all. If a mother can identify that these feelings are temporary, she may just have the husband or partner watch the child while she catches up on some sleep or runs errands to get her mind cleared. When mothers cannot identify that these feelings will go away in time or if she does certain activities, she might seek out a psychologist or psychiatrist that she can open up to about these issues.

Works Cited

"Baby Blues." MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2015.

"11 Celebrities Who Battled Postpartum Depression." N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2015.

MA, Yvonne Sinclair LMFT. "Postpartum / Blog." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2015.

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