After the birth of your baby it’s normal to have mood swings and crying periods. Many new moms experience the baby blues for short periods of time. The baby blues follow the birth of the baby and can last from a few days to two weeks. Hormonal changes and fatigue are largely responsible for this temporary depression. Here are few tips to help you feel better during this time:
- Get your family and friends to help out a little more.
- Take a break or nap when you get the chance.
- Talk about how you feel.
- Take care of yourself.
- Talk to other parents.
- Enjoy skin-to-skin contact with your baby.
- Most importantly, let the tears flow, and don’t worry— it’s perfectly normal!
If this temporary depression goes on for more than two weeks or if you feel more and more sad or irritable, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.