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Understanding Postpartum Blues and their Frequency among Mothers

How do postpartum blues, AKA “baby blues”, affect around 80% of American mothers, and what should you know about it? Let’s talk about it and unravel ways to manage emotions and support mood after giving birth.
Two pregnant mothers holding their bellies and talking about postpartum and emotional health.

Bringing a new life into the world is a thrilling adventure, but let’s be real — the postpartum ride isn’t always a joyous cruise. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the world of postpartum blues, shedding light on this commonality among new mothers and providing essential insights.

Understanding the Baby Blues

After the joy of welcoming your newborn into the world, you might feel a sudden dip in mood. This feeling of sadness or anxiety strikes up to 80% of new mothers. Symptoms can vary, but commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping. The cause? Your body is adjusting to hormonal changes and new responsibilities, creating the perfect storm for postpartum blues. Although common, these feelings should not be brushed away, as emotional health is just as important as physical health during the postpartum period (and letʼs be honest, in every stage of life!). Below we will discuss different ways you can show yourself the best self-care after childbirth.

How can I Tell the Difference between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression?

The first thing you need to know is that these feelings are common. This is your body responding to a whirlwind of life changes. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. The second thing to remember is that the baby blues, also known as postpartum blues, are short-term, typically subsiding within two weeks after delivery. Itʼs important to remember the key differentiators between baby blues and postpartum depression, which are: timing, duration, and symptoms. If feelings worsen or persist, this may be indicative of postpartum depression, which should be addressed with a healthcare professional right away. Remember to listen to your body and mind during this delicate time.

Mother holding her newborn child and talking about postpartum blues.

How Can I Manage My Emotions After Giving Birth?

  1. Plan Before the Baby Arrives: One of the best things you can do to help yourself acclimate to motherhood and navigate the emotions that come with it is plan ahead. Set up a support network and stock up on supplies— this takes away the stress of scrambling last minute!
  2. Take Time for Yourself: This is an absolute essential. Even if it’s just a few minutes a day, having some ‘me’ time can help your mood significantly.
  3. Ask for Help: Always remember that it’s okay to ask for help. Itʼs crucial to have a network and to rely on them when you need rest. Taking care of a newborn is a full-time job and everyone needs a break.
  4. Stay Nourished: A balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats can make an immense difference. Make sure you are getting enough micronutrients to help your body adjust to the new changes.

Navigate These New Emotional Tides with Blues Away®

As part of helping you through the transition into motherhood, our company has created an exceptional regimen—the 4-dose, three-day Mood Support Shake.* Formulated with essential nutrients and designed to assist with mood support, this shake is taken starting on the third day after giving birth and ending on the fifth day.* The essential ingredients include wild blueberry extract, L-tyrosine, and L-tryptophan. The shakes seek to bolster your nutrient levels, supporting overall mood and emotional well-being during this delicate postpartum phase.*

Remember, you’re not alone, and help is at hand! If your feelings get out of hand or just want additional support after giving birth, you can call or text professional counselors at 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262) for free, 24/7, confidential support before, during and after pregnancy from the National Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). The most important thing is to listen to your body, accept the feelings and to ask for help when you need it.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.