Postpartum Blues

It is common to have postpartum blues. This is a normal response to many of the hormonal changes, stress, and lack of sleep that go with raising a newborn and physically recovering from the birth. Activities that can be helpful include:

  • Getting more sleep
  • Try to find time for your own needs, including recreation and social activities with friends, family, and your partner. A short period away from infants who are requiring your constant care and attention can be very helpful.

Postpartum depression is not uncommon and you should call your physician/midwife if you find yourself in a downhill spiral marked by:

  • Prolonged crying spells
  • Thoughts of harming yourself, the baby, or others
  • Severe anxiety
  • Inability to function or care for your newborn or yourself
  • Depressive symptoms lasting longer than two weeks