Health Watch — Healthy Pregnancy: Baby Blues

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 This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about health issues related to pregnancy. The impact of pregnancy on a woman’s body doesn’t end with the birth. Many women experience what’s often called the “baby blues” in the weeks following birth — crying spells, sadness and irritability.

Dr. Anna Brandon, a psychologist with the Women’s Mental Health Center at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the baby blues are usually a combination of hormonal changes in a woman’s body after pregnancy and childbirth and the stress of being a new mother with all the demands of dealing with a newborn. Getting rest by sleeping when the baby sleeps and getting help from partner, friends or family can help. The baby blues usually go away after a couple of weeks. If they don’t and if the symptoms keep the new mother from functioning, it could be something more serious that requires medical attention, so talk to a doctor.

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August 2008

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