Giving birth is an emotional and tiring experience and your hormones change dramatically in the first few days. It's around this time you may experience the 'baby blues'.
The baby blues can start anywhere between 3 to 10 days after the birth of your baby and usually last for 2 to 3 days.
Many women get the baby blues. You may feel teary, anxious and irritable and your mood can go up and down. Feeling teary can be worse if your labour was difficult, you are very tired or you have other worries, such as problems breastfeeding.
Usually the baby blues will pass and the most effective treatment is support from your partner, family and friends.
You can also call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 to speak to a maternal child health nurse.
Baby blues that lasts for longer than 2 weeks may be a sign that you are developing postnatal depression. Postnatal depression can develop at anytime during the first year after having a baby.
It's important that you and your partner, along with your family and friends are aware of the signs of postnatal depression and seek help if you feel you are concerned.
Where can I go for advice and support?
- Talk to your partner, or someone else you trust.
- Ask your GP or midwife for advice.
- Call one of these support services:
Speak to a maternal child health nurse
Call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby to speak to a maternal child health nurse on 1800 882 436 or video call. Available 7am to midnight (AET), 7 days a week.
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Last reviewed: October 2019