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15th Nov 2023

Experts list common signs of the Baby Blues and how long they should last

Baby blues

During the first weeks after childbirth, it is very common for women to get the ‘baby blues’.

According to experts, this is not something to be alarmed over and is in fact a normal part of getting used to becoming a mother.

“Having a newborn baby is exhilarating, exhausting, and physically challenging,” the HSE states. 

For a lot of women, the sense of responsibility can be scary and feelings of inadequacy and guilt can be overwhelming in those first few weeks.

It’s important to note that the baby blues are very common and are considered normal for new mothers. 

Most new mothers experience baby blues a few days after giving birth.

The Health Service Executive advises that: “Baby blues usually begin around day 3 after your baby has been born. 

“As your body starts to return to normal, these feelings pass – usually within a few days.”

Signs of baby blues include feeling:

  • tearful
  • emotional
  • irritable
  • isolated
  • irrational
  • vulnerable
  • overwhelmed
  • lonely
  • like you are on an emotional rollercoaster

These feelings may be due to the change in your hormone levels after giving birth, so you may find yourself going from feeling fantastic to feeling great sadness.

The HSE also advises that: “Although you may find it distressing, the baby blues will pass quickly, usually within 1 to 2 weeks.”

It can be a very tough time for new mums, so experts suggest talking to a person close to you, “like a partner, family member, or close friend.

“You will need support to help you get as much rest as you can.”

For more information about the baby blues, and where to find support, visit this link.