Baby blues and postpartum feelings
Lots of things are happening right after you have a baby. You may feel worried or overwhelmed. You have so many questions. Why is the baby crying? Is he getting enough milk? Why doesn’t he sleep more at night? Now that your baby’s here, you’re probably going through some emotional changes. It’s common for new moms to feel very stressed. There’s so much to do and learn. For couples, a new baby in the house also brings changes. While you’re adjusting, your partner is too. You can help each other during this challenging time. Many women go back to work or school after having a baby. You can take steps to make your return easier and less stressful. You may feel down and depressed after having a baby. It may take you by surprise since you were expecting this to be a happy time. But you and your provider can take steps that can help.
- Shortly after your baby is born, you may feel the postpartum blues. You may be irritable, feel sad and cry from time to time. This usually goes away within a few days.
- If you feel down or depressed for two weeks or longer, you may have postpartum depression. This is a serious medical condition, so see your health care provider to get help.
Having a baby can be a joyous time, but there may be some hard times, too. Your family, friends and health care provider can help you get through them.