Baby Blues

young mother with baby

Many women following birth experience a range of emotions describing it like they are ‘on an emotional rollercoaster’ - happy one minute, sad and teary the next. This is described as the 'baby blues'. 50-70% of mothers often experience symptoms during the first week after giving birth and are thought to be caused by rapid changes in hormone levels. These feelings usually disappear without treatment.

Symptoms are usually mild and can include:

  • tearfulness
  • irritability
  • oversensitivity with everything
  • lots of mood changes

If these feeling continue for more than 2 weeks becoming consuming and interfere with your daily life you could be developing postnatal depression. How you are feel matters, it’s OK to ask for support.

Speak to your GP, family and friends or a Maternal and Child Health Nurse (MACH).