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The birth of a beloved baby can certainly make parents happy. However, sometimes some mothers feel sad and moody after giving birth. This condition is called the baby blues. Apart from being sad and gloomy, they don't seem enthusiastic about caring for or breastfeeding their babies
Baby blues is one of the most common psychological problems for mothers who have just given birth. Research says that this condition is experienced by around 60-70% of new mothers worldwide.
The cause of the baby blues is not known with certainty. However, there are several factors that can make a mother more at risk for this condition, including hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as a previous history of the baby blues or depression.
In addition, a number of changes that occur after the baby is born can also make a mother experience the baby blues. These include changes in body shape after giving birth, lack of sleep, to routines and responsibilities in taking care of the baby.
Recognizing Some Symptoms of Baby Blues
It is important for every new mother to recognize the symptoms of the baby blues and how they differ from postpartum depression. Here are some of the symptoms of the baby blues that you need to pay attention to:
Easy to feel sad
Even though you are filled with happiness because your little one is finally born, you may occasionally feel sad, worried, or even scared when you experience the baby blues. These emotions can arise because Mother feels that she cannot be a good mother.
Fast mood swings
In addition to being easily sad, other symptoms of the baby blues that are commonly felt are mood swings or mood swings.
Mothers can be happy to play the role of a new mother. However, before long, these feelings can change and make you cry or angry because of feelings of disappointment, nervousness, and anxiety. You may also become more sensitive, irritable, or quick to anger.
When you are hit by the baby blues, you will be prone to sleep disturbances or insomnia. This can be triggered by various things, such as hormonal changes, stress, and adjustment to a new life and the mother's role as a mother to her little one.
In addition to the 3 symptoms above, you can also experience other symptoms during the baby blues, such as:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Easy to feel anxious
- Loss of appetite
- Tired quickly
- Not enthusiastic about taking care of the Little One
- Low milk production
The symptoms of the baby blues will usually subside over time, which is about 2 weeks to 1 month.
However, if the baby blues symptoms last longer or are severe enough to make you feel like giving up or committing suicide, this may indicate that you are experiencing postpartum depression.
How to Avoid and Overcome Baby Blues
Baby blues is not classified as a dangerous disease or medical condition and there is no specific treatment for it. However, there are several ways you can do to avoid the baby blues, namely:
1. Keeping he althy
After giving birth, mothers are recommended to maintain their he alth by living a he althy lifestyle, such as eating a balanced nutritious diet, getting enough rest, reducing stress, and doing light exercise when the body is starting to fit again.
Mothers are also advised not to smoke and stay away from drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
2. Ask your husband or family for help to take care of the baby
If you feel overwhelmed to do activities and take care of your little one after giving birth, don't hesitate to ask for help from your husband, parents, or closest relatives to take turns taking care of and taking care of your little one.
When you feel tired, you can ask Dad to change a diaper or take care of your little one. If you have homework that you can't finish, ask the closest person for help to do it.
3. Share your feelings with your closest relatives or friends
The stress and burdens that you store can make the baby blues worse or even trigger depression.
Therefore, try to vent and talk about various things that burden you to your husband, family, or close relatives who you trust.
Mothers can also ask friends or relatives who have given birth for tips on how to take care of a newborn.
4. Doing activities you like
Moms still need to make time to do the things you love, even if it's only for a short time. So, make time for me time, for example by watching, reading, doing yoga, or taking a walk around the house to breathe fresh air.
When you are on me time, you can leave your little one for a while to your husband, parents, caregivers, or closest relatives that you rely on.
5. Understand that no mother is perfect
To prevent and overcome the baby blues, mothers must understand and realize that no mother is perfect. If you make a mistake while caring for your little one, take the experience as a lesson and don't judge and punish yourself for it.
Mothers can also ask for support from a pediatrician to get information about the development and growth of your little one. If there are things that you are worried about, don't hesitate to pour all your worries to a psychologist or doctor.
That's information about the symptoms of the baby blues and how to prevent and treat them. Generally, the baby blues will go away on their own over time. However, if the baby blues symptoms that you are experiencing are getting worse or persist, try to consult a doctor.