The Baby Blues is described as mild depression interspersed with happier feelings, or as some women
state, it is 'an emotional roller-coaser'. 75-80% of postpartum mothers experience the Baby Blues.
Onset is usually 2-3 days postpartum, with a peak around 7-10 days, and symptoms usually last no longer
than two weeks.
Symptoms may include:
- Feelings of sadness
- Crying spells
- Mood swings/ Irritability
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Inability to cope
- Inability to sleep
- Feelings of loneliness
Causes of the Baby Blues include biological factors (drop in hormone levels), social/environmental factors
(marital stress, lack of support system, low SES), stress, and sleep deprivation, in addition to the physical
aftermath of labor and delivery. First-time moms are at a higher risk of experiencing the Blues.
Treament for the Baby Blues usually involves Self-Help, including assistance with self and infant care and
family or community support. (Please see 'Self Help' section of this website for further suggestions).
Symptoms should subside within two weeks. However, if symptoms worsen or persist longer than two
weeks, the mother is likely experiencing Postpartum Depression. (Please see Postpartum Depression
section of this website).