Get The Facts: Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

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Untitled design (15)Arriving home from the hospital with your new bundle of joy should be the happiest day of your life. A healthy mom and baby are enough to make you overjoyed and thankful.

However, did you know that 70% of women experience the ‘baby blues’ within the 10 days postpartum? Yes, you read that correctly. You have a 7 out of 10 chance of experiencing irritability, crying, sadness, mood swings, anxiety and trouble sleeping after delivering a baby.

Many moms who experience these symptoms feel guilty that they are not feeling more thankful, blessed, happy, and joyful. They have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of their baby for 9 months, yet when the day finally arrives they can’t stop crying and they don’t know why.

The lack of sleep, the constant demands of a newborn and the adjustment to being a mom are hard enough on a woman. Add on top of that feelings of sadness and anxiety and you can only imagine how a mom with the ‘baby blues’ feels.

The key to thriving during your time with the ‘baby blues’ is to remember the 3 H’s: help, hope, and health.

1. Help: You will need help if you are experiencing the ‘baby blues’ and that is perfectly OK. You are not a failure or a bad mom for asking someone to help out a few hours a day until you get past the 2 week mark of the ‘baby blues’. Remember, the best thing you can do for your baby is take care of yourself, that way you don’t get to the point that you are completely unable to care for your baby. The ‘baby blues’ can turn into postpartum depression, which is more serious and long lasting.

2. Hope: Surround yourself with positive people, messages, music, words, and support. Bible verses, mothering devotionals, your favorite music and your best girlfriends can make your day a little brighter. Make sure that you surround yourself with people who are not going to make you feel worse by criticizing or judging you. Remember that the ‘baby blues’ are temporary and the way you are feeling says nothing about your character or dignity. Have your spouse read up on the ‘baby blues’ so that he can be educated on the symptoms and how he can provide support, encouragement and hope.

3. Health: Your health is extremely important during the few weeks postpartum. Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, sleeping when the baby sleeps, and reconnecting with your spouse and loved ones are all necessary for recovering from childbirth and adjusting to the addition of your baby.

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