More than 50% of women experience postpartum blues on the third or fourth day after delivery. The symptoms include tearfulness, sadness, and even the inability to think clearly. The main cause of this temporary reaction is probably the sudden decrease in maternal hormones. Here are some ways to cope with postpartum blues:
- First: Discuss your feelings of being trapped, your sense that these new responsibilities are insurmountable, and your other concerns with a close friend or your husband.
- Second: Get adequate rest. Every baby awakens one or more times a night. Try to meet your sleep requirements through naps.
- Third: Get out of the house several times a week. As long as you dress him for the weather, your baby can be taken outside at any age. Also arrange for someone to watch your baby so you can have some time for yourself.
- Finally: These symptoms usually clear in 1 to 3 weeks, as your hormone levels return to normal and as you develop routines for managing your baby.
If you don't feel better by the time your baby is 1 month of age or your symptoms become worse, talk to your healthcare provider about possible depression.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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