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Baby blues


The baby blues are so common they are considered normal for new mothers. Most new mothers feel baby blues a few days after the birth.

Baby blues usually begin on day 3 after your baby has been born. As your body starts to return to normal, these feelings pass.

Signs of baby blues

You might be tearful, emotional and irritable. You might feel isolated, vulnerable and lonely. This may be due to a change in your hormone levels.

The baby blues can make you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster. You may go from feeling great joy to feeling great sadness.

Finding support

Talk to a person close to you, like a partner, family member or close friend. You will need support to help you get as much rest as you can.

How long the baby blues last

Although you may find it distressing, the baby blues will pass quickly, usually within 1 to 2 weeks. But sometimes baby blues can develop into postnatal depression. Postnatal depression is the term used for depression that some women experience in the first year after having a baby.

If the baby blues don't end, contact your midwife, public health nurse or GP

page last reviewed: 26/03/2018
next review due: 26/03/2021

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