‘Baby blues, baby blues, all caught up in those baby blues.’ – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
This has been my song for the last three days. At first I thought there was something wrong with me. How can I feel so joyful yet so sad at the same time?
Bursting into tears for no apparent reason whilst my heart simultaneously swells with love for this little soul we’ve created is an overwhelming cocktail of emotions.
And then I heard of ‘the baby blues.’ 80% of women will experience the baby blues and it usually passes within 2 to 3 days.
However, if you find you are feeling teary, anxious, and irritable with moods that are up and down for longer than two weeks, reach out for support from friends and family, as well as professionals as you may be experiencing early signs of post natal depression.
Remember to be gentle on yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Giving birth is a huge undertaking on a woman’s body and emotions and now is not the time to berate yourself. You are doing the best you can.
Bad days don’t make you a bad mum, they simply remind you that you are human; not superwoman.
Trust that like anything, in time, it will pass. You’ve got this Mumma!