Advice about managing Baby Blues.
Baby blues, the feeling of unexpected sadness, irritability and often bouts of crying and anxiety and can affect 50% of women within one week of delivery.
Baby blues are transient feelings of sadness, crying, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, exhaustion, decreased concentration, and mood swings that you get within 2-3 days of delivery and resolve within two weeks of onset.
Baby blues will usually resolve without treatment, but definitely needs awareness, reassurance and support from family members and the medical team. Proper sleep is essential, so when the baby sleeps, you should try to sleep.
If things do not get better after two weeks or if you have any thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby, then you need to reach out. Always talk to your doctor about this because it can turn into Postpartum Depression which happens in 10% of postpartum women.
Here in the Middle East, very few discuss this. And that makes mums feel helpless and become more reluctant to talk with their providers.
Don’t be afraid to speak up, let your doctor, friend or partner know how you are feeling.
Advice by Dr Deemah Salem, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
American Board of Obgyn, FACOG