Are you feeling blue after the birth of your child? Are you slightly overcome by worry's about your child's future, or do you just find yourself crying at little things like emotional commercials or that gift you received for your little one?
The baby blues is caused by a swift shift in hormones following labor and delivery, and made worse by those sleepless nights you've been having. It should last no longer than two weeks postpartum, but the baby blues is a global phenomenon that may require a little help to get out of help that, in most cases, you can only give yourself.
Caring for a newborn can be challenging. Dealing with a new cocktail with hormones after nine months of pregnancy can be tough. And you probably feel sore after birth, too. The baby blues, we should emphasize, is not postpartum depression. If you are having persistent thoughts of negativity, desperation, and unhappiness, especially if they have been going on for a good while, get help! You deserve it, and there is no shame in having PPD either.
Meanwhile, the simple baby blues may be overcome by simple steps, including:
- Making sure you have support and pleasant adult company each day.
- Getting out of the house for a walk and some fresh air when you feel down or bored.
- Starting a simple postpartum exercise routine. In the stage of the baby blues, when you are probably also still experiencing postpartum bleeding, quiet yoga or stretching exercises can help.
- Good, nutritious food. Let's face it, it will taste even better if it is cooked by someone else.
- A good amount of sleep, even if you acquire it through an afternoon nap when your baby also naps.
- Reading good books that you enjoy while your baby is nursing or sleeping.