Has anyone else had a case of the baby blues?

Dawn - posted on 10/11/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My Mid-Wife confirmed that I have a case of the baby blues. I just do not feel like myself, I'm emotional (I cried while watching a cartoon), and it's difficult to get motivated to do anything (even things I usually find fun)... Has anyone else felt this way after having a baby?

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Cassandra - posted on 10/11/2009

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For Dawn:





Yes, I experienced this with both of my daughters, and I am anxious as to how I am going to feel when I deliver my son in December. It is such a hard thing to explain to someone who has never gone through it... Normal things that would have given you pleasure just dont cut it anymore... I found that talking to people, and taking medication for a small amount of time really helped me... exercising also helped, although it was hard in the beginning to get motivated. You will feel better soon, just try to take it easy on yourself. You can't do it all, all the time, and well. Take one day at a time, and feel free to contact me if you need someone to talk to. I've been there. Congratulations on one of the most difficult things you will ever accomplish... Having a child!! Take care of yourself :-) God Bless

Iysha - posted on 10/12/2009

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Yup. I felt that way... I was a crybaby. lol. My daughter was at the NICU for 17 days and I cried on the way there, for a bit while I was there, and when it was time to leave. When she came home, I cried... When I tried breastfeeding and she would get frustrated, I cried, when I saw the dog commercial on TV where they play that sad song, I cried. My boyfriend thought I was crazy and said so to my face, and I cried more. It got better after about 2 months. I honestly felt crazy myself and I had symptoms that I thought were PND but it's just that the Baby Blues and PND share some common feelings.



My friend had PND and it seemed a lot worse than the Baby Blues. For example, I knew I felt sad, but I was still able to get out of bed and take care of my child, she couldn't. I don't know if it is like that in every case, but I just thought I would throw that out there.

Jane - posted on 10/12/2009

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I had them too for a lil while, and it's totally understandable. Being a first time mum, I had nooooo idea what a change to your lifestyle a baby would be. I mean you go from being so independant and doing what you want, to not having any time to yourself and add that to your raging hormones and no wonder us women get upset!! It's completely natural but usually only lasts a few weeks until you get used to bub and get into a routine. As the other ladies said, if it lasts longer than that, then you should probably talk to someone... a friend or definitely family member would love to help, and no one wants you to be sad !! Good luck hun x x

Keelin - posted on 10/12/2009

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yep, i got the blues after having my baby. It's perfectly normal. should last about 2 - 3 weeks.Funny how we cry just cuz the grass is green & the sky is blue. You'll be ok. it's just hormones settling down.

Jules - posted on 10/12/2009

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Yes, The baby blues only last for the first few weeks after giving birth. If you find that you are still feeling like this after that period of time you might have depression, But your hormones can take upto 6 months to go back to normal. But the feeling of not being able to get motivated, Forgetting to eat, Crying for no reason or at silly stuff, Feeling like if you wern't here that no one would miss you, Not wanting to get out of bed, n youv just had enough n you feel like leaving, Then go see a doctor. I've had both. My depression was severe to the point where I became horrible towords my son. That's how I knew somthing was wrong. N just remember that you are not alone there are plenty of people to talk to. N can help you through the tough times. :) Please don't keep it to yourself. You will find that talking about it helps alot.

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Lisa - posted on 10/11/2009

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My son is 4 months old and I was just diagnosed with PND last week. I am feeling similar - no motivation to do anything, crying all the time. It got much worse after I started back to work a few weeks ago. I am starting to see a therapist and am going to try therapy since it isn't recommended that i go on any medication until I am done breastfeeding. My therapist told me that it the baby blue/PND tend to stick around while your are breastfeeding since your hormones are still in limbo



It really does help to talk to someone outside of your circle of friends/family - so see your doctor if it doesn't get any better. You are not the only one feeling this way!

Jodi - posted on 10/11/2009

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I had the baby blues also. I would sit my rocking chair nursing my daughter and just cry. I felt like a horrible mother, a horrible wife, a horrible person and such. I cried ALL the time! Thankfully it cleared up after a couple of weeks, but if it's been more than that, I would go to the doctor and talk about Post Partum Depression. Good luck and congratulations on the little baby!!!

Natasha - posted on 10/11/2009

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I think everybody goes through the baby blues! It is a normal reaction to all the hormones flying around our bodies after we have a baby. It will go away but it does make you feel pretty horrible for awhile. If it keeps getting worse go to your doctor to make sure you don't have post natal depression. Just try go for a walk everyday. the fresh air will make you feel better and more motivated. All the best :)

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Yes, this is very common. How long ago did you have your baby??? It is more than likely just your hormones! It takes a while for them to settle down straight after birth. Its a massive drop of hormones just after you have a baby and then with sleep deprivation it leaves you feeling really emotional. But if it goes on longer than a week or two and you still dont feel yourself and are crying all the time mayb just take a trip to your Doctor and check its not PND. Ive experienced baby blues with all my three babies for 3-5 days after having them and two months after my third i was diagnosed with PND because i was overly emotional all the time and just felt i couldnt cope anymore.

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