Baby Blues - Baby Blues Depression

Between 50 and 80% of women experience the so called 'baby blues' in the first week after delivery, probably most often on the third or fourth days. This may be due to changes in hormone levels that occur rapidly after delivery. It may also reflect the enormous adjustment in your own life that inevitably occurs after having a baby, especially if it is your first.

Baby Blues Symptoms

The symptoms women experience with the baby blues will include feelings of exhaustion, isolation and a lack of self-confidence. Insomnia and anxiety can also occur. Usually it settles within a week with reassurance and support and without specific medical treatment, but sometimes it can progress to a more severe or persistent form of depression, postnatal depression or PND for short. If you are concerned about a problem with depression you should consult your Doctor or midwife.





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