Navigation Links Explains How to Spot the Signs of Antenatal and Postnatal Depression

by_blues_.aspx" onclick="linkClick( this.href );" target="_blank" title="the baby blues">the baby blues, you might be wondering exactly what they are. This condition is in fact very common - it's been suggested that as many as 70% of new mums experience a degree of the baby blues - and they do not indicate postnatal depression.

What are the symptoms?

If you suffer from a bout of the baby blues, you may:

  • be emotional
  • feel weepy
  • feel irritable
  • be anxious.
  • have trouble sleeping
  • experience a change in appetite

What are the causes?

Hormonal changes following birth are often cited as the main cause of the baby blues.

Although the symptoms listed above may sound similar to those of postnatal depression, they take on a much milder form and usually only last a very short period of time. If you do experience the baby blues, they are likely to set in within 2 weeks of having your baby.

How can I help?

There are various ways in which you can help yourself if you suffer from the baby blues. You can:

  • share the parenting responsibilities with your partner,
  • ask for help from friends and relatives
  • take some gentle exercise to release feel-good endorphins - this will help by improving your sense of wellbeing.
  • Have naps wherever possible
  • Be reassured by the fact that the baby blues usually clear up soon and of their own accord


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