Did you know that eight out of ten new mums experience The Baby Blues?
It’s not surprising really – when we become a mum for the first time, not only do we have this whole new world to get used to with the responsibility of keeping another little human being alive but our hormones are doing crazy things inside our bodies. Our pregnancy hormones dip at the same time as new hormones increase, which help our breastmilk to flow. And as we all know from our years of being women, hormones can make us feel a bit insane. Add to this the mental and physical exhaustion we experience from childbirth and the fact that newborns don’t sleep through the night, and it’s not surprising it’s common for us to be feeling low, anxious, tearful and a bit worried about our baby (even though your baby is probably absolutely fine!) So how should we cope with the baby blues if we’re one of the 80% who it affects?
- Get as much rest as possible – this might sound easier said than done, but trying to relax really will help your body recuperate from what it’s just been through, and it will help your mind adjust to your new responsibilities.
- Accept help from friends and family – don’t be polite and say ‘no thank you’ when they offer to cook you a meal, fetch groceries or take the baby for a walk to give you a break. Say yes please!
- Try to minimise how many people visit you for the first couple of weeks. Everyone will be so excited to see you and meet the new baby, but it’s important that you allow yourself time as a family to get used to it all.
- If you feel like crying, cry. Bottling it up will only make you feel worse.
- Remember it’s completely normal to be feeling anxious or low, so don’t panic. If your feelings don’t subside after a few weeks, there’s no harm in visiting your health visitor or GP to chat about it. That’s what they are there for!
For more information on the baby blues, read the NHS website.