What is baby blues?

Qu'est-ce que le baby-blues ?

What is baby blues?

Baby blues is a mood disorder that usually occurs after childbirth. Also known as the "3rd day syndrome", it usually appears during the days following the birth at the maternity hospital and is short-lived, lasting only a few days to ten days. The woman can then go from laughter to tears in a few minutes, be anxious, in doubt... in short, go through all kinds of emotions.

Baby blues are very common and normal after childbirth, since about 60% of women have baby blues after giving birth. The baby blues disappear as it happened and does not require any treatment. Nevertheless, it should not be confused with post-natal depression.

Does childbirth trigger baby blues?

The baby blues are mainly due to physiological causes. Indeed, many hormonal upheavals occur after childbirth: the level of progestins, the pregnancy hormone, drops abruptly while the breastfeeding hormones are produced in large quantities. The woman is thus subjected to all the fluctuations of her hormones, which plays a lot on her morale.

Then, it can be due to psychological causes such as the fear of not being a good mother, or the feeling of "empty stomach", of the broken link with her baby because the umbilical cord has been cut, but also the fact that the world suddenly revolves around the baby, everyone wants to hold this baby that is ours.

Finally, the baby blues can also be due to physical causes related to childbirth. Indeed, women do not always feel in agreement with their body whose belly is relaxed just after childbirth. She may also feel some discomfort, pain and bleeding as well as fatigue. That's why we offer a collection of soft, comfortable and safe menstrual panties for pregnancy and motherhood for all young mothers.

What are the symptoms of baby blues?

After childbirth, the symptoms can be different from one woman to another, nevertheless the signs of the baby blues are often: the desire to cry for no reason, sadness, a very changeable mood, a feeling of confusion, irritability, a feeling of exhaustion, difficulties in sleeping, anxiety to be a good mother, a great fatigue, a lack of appetite...

Anxiety also, linked to the awareness of the responsibility that a baby imposes and the feeling of being overwhelmed by events. Most of the time, this feeling is even more important if it is a first pregnancy.

As the woman feels bad, she feels guilty because she is sad and anxious when she was expecting to be happy.

How to live better with baby blues?

To better live through this period, it is important to be well surrounded by the people who are important to the new mother, especially by the partner of the woman who has given birth. She can also share her state of mind, her anxieties and her fears with the midwives present at the maternity hospital who are also there to reassure her, surround her and accompany her in this little post-partum period. In any case, it is important not to remain alone in the face of her anxieties and worries. During this period, some midwives prescribe homeopathy, sophrology, relaxation, ... but this period does not require medication or psychotherapy.

The baby blues should not last very long. Most of the time, it ends at the end of the maternity ward, when the woman finds her bearings. But if it lasts and the symptoms become more severe, it is important to go see your doctor. This may be a sign of postpartum depression and therefore requires moral support.

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