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Coping with baby blues

Once your little one has arrived, it’s easy to forget about you—but a happy mom means a happy baby. Here’s some things you can do to ensure baby blues—or postnatal anxiety—doesn’t get the best of you.

2 mins to read Sep 21, 2020
  • Talk to friends and family if you think you have baby blues. Many women experience at least some symptoms of baby blues immediately after childbirth. It’s caused by the sudden change in hormones after delivery, combined with stress, isolation, sleep deprivation, and fatigue. You might feel more tearful, overwhelmed, and emotionally fragile.
  • The baby blues are perfectly normal, but if your symptoms don’t go away after a few weeks or get worse, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Read our Signs of Baby Blues vs Postpartum Depression checklist to find out more.
  • Chat to other new parents. They may be going through something similar.
  • Try a postnatal group or mom’s group to meet parents in the same boat.
  • Try baby-feeding cafes for a safe space.
  • Try baby activity classes or apps like MUSH (if it’s available in your country) to meet new parent friends.
  • If you’re feeling lonely, read our checklist on 10 things to do with baby—that give something back to you.
  • Try apps like Calm or other meditation and mindfulness apps.
  • Consider talking to a professional, there are people who can help. Ask your healthcare provider where to start.
  • Get active. It’s surprising what a bit of exercise can do for your mood.
  • Eat a healthy, varied and balanced diet.
  • As well as trying to get some sun consider a daily supplement containing 10mcg of Vitamin D.
  • Try to make time for the simple things like showering and doing your hair—they can really make a big difference.
  • Write a mood diary. Noting how you feel each day can help you realize what makes you happy and what doesn’t.
  • Be kinder to yourself. You’re doing your best—it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • Ask friends and family to help. A few less errands on your to do list can make all the difference.