The 'baby blues'

As new parents, you’re likely to experience a wide range of emotions during and following the birth of your baby. Emotional distress is especially common in the days following the birth – known as the ‘baby blues’, it affects up to 80 per cent of women.

Signs of the baby blues include being:

  • teary
  • irritable
  • overly sensitive in interactions with others
  • feeling moody.

The baby blues usually clear up after a few days with no other treatment except support and understanding.

If you find the baby blues just aren't lifting after a couple of weeks, it may be a sign of something more serious – like depression or anxiety – and if so, you may need treatment. This is important not only for you, but also for the wellbeing of your baby and family.

If you've been feeling like this for a while and it's starting to affect your life, it's time to seek support.