Baby Blues Overview


Dr. O’Connor

Having your baby will be profound, life changing, and probably somewhat stressful. It’s not unusual for new mothers to feel a variety of emotions ranging from extreme joy to deep sadness. Up to 70 percent of women will get the “baby blues” after their baby is born. The symptoms can include things like crying for no apparent reason, sudden mood swings, and even headaches and insomnia.

“Baby blues” can show up at any time during the first two weeks after your baby is born, and may last for a few days up to a week. Getting enough rest and eating well, plus the support and understanding of those around you, should help you get through this time. Just know that these feelings are normal and that the “baby blues” go away soon.

The “Baby blues” is not the same as postpartum depression and doesn’t require medical attention. If the “baby blues” persist or worsen, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. In this case, you should contact your provider prior to your scheduled postpartum visit.