Baby Blues

What are the Baby Blues?

Baby blues is the what professionals call the emotions (tearfulness, moodiness, exhaustion) that commonly occur after childbirth. This "non-disorder" affects 60-80% of new mothers and typically peaks within 3-5 days of delivery. It usually resolves on its own within 2 weeks. It is thought to be the result of the extreme hormone fluctuations that occur during birth and may be related to sleep deprivation.

What is the difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression?
  • Severity of symptoms. While the baby blues are not a mild form of depression, the symptoms tend to be milder and the predominant mood is happiness.
  • Timing. The baby blues tend to peak within 3-5 days of delivery and then gradually improve.
  • Duration. The baby blues last no more than 2 weeks. If the symptoms last longer and are not improving, talk to your medical provider.

You can find more information about postpartum depression here.

What are the symptoms of Baby Blues?
  • Irritability or nervousness
  • Fatigue
  • Crying and sadness
  • Feeling overwhelmed

What is the treatment for Baby Blues?

While the baby blues typically resolve without treatment, there are things that new mothers can do to address the symptoms:

  • Get more sleep.
  • Eat healthy meals that are high in protein.
  • Take a walk outside.
  • Socialize.
  • Ask for help.

Who can help diagnose/treat Baby Blues?
  • Mental Health Practitioner