The baby blues
Why am I feeling like this?
The baby blues occur after you’ve given birth, generally between the third and tenth day. You’ll usually feel tearful and irritable, and it’s thought to be down to both pregnancy hormones and a feeling of anticlimax after giving birth, although no-one’s really sure.
How long will it last?
The baby blues shouldn’t last longer than a few days. Lots of rest and reassurance from family and friends are all you need to get through it. But if it continues after the tenth day, speak to your health visitor or doctor.
How others can help
A good pair of ears and a big, warm cuddle can work wonders when you’re feeling blue. You’ll need lots of patience and reassurance from your partner, family and friends, so take them up on their offers of help; even if that just means coming round for a cup of tea and a chat. It’s important they understand that lots of mums go through the same thing, there’s nothing wrong, and with a little support you’ll be fine in a few days.