Pregnancy and birth will change your life. Do you feel sad or agitated after the birth? Are you overwhelmed by all the new things? – This is very normal.
The baby blues occur in 2 out of 3 women during the puerperium. It involves a strong emotional reaction in the first few days after birth. Reasons for this are quick hormonal changes in the body and the new self-image a mother.
Typical signs for baby blues are:
- Crying without having a real reason
- Fear of the unknown and the new situation
- Worried that you will not be able to fulfil the new tasks well enough
Normally, young mothers do not need treatment, but lots of attention and support. The “baby blues” usually passes quickly once the new situation has become more familiar.
However, if these strong emotions also include sadness, anxiety, feelings of failure and the like, then you need support! Speak to a trusted person, for example with the psychologist of the puerperium ward, your partner, doctor, friend, midwife or mother. If you do not receive help quickly, there is a risk that your baby blues will develop into a serious form of depression. This is known as post-partum depression.
You should definitely get psychological help. Speak to your gynaecologist, midwife, or paediatrician.