Forty to 80% of all new mothers may experience the baby blues within the first 10 days following birth. While a new baby can bring immense joy to a family, families also experience stress, fatigue, and difficulty adjusting to a new routine and responsibilities. Many new mothers may have the baby blues after childbirth, which is a fairly normal occurrence that typically lasts less than two weeks.

Symptoms of Baby Blues include:

  • Mood swings and crying spells
  • Sadness and anxiety
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Reduced concentration

These symptoms do not interfere with functioning or infant care and are intermixed with feelings of happiness. These feelings are temporary and usually fade on their own within the first few weeks after birth.

If feelings of sadness, anxiety, and worry do not resolve within a few weeks, a mother may be experiencing postpartum depression or other perinatal mood disorders that may require treatment.

For more general information about PPD, visit General Information about PPD on the DPH website.

For more helpful websites and resources visit Helpful Resources for Mothers on the DPH website.

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This information is provided by the Pregnancy, Infancy and Early Childhood Division within the Department of Public Health.