Childbirth: Baby Blues

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how doctors can intervene when childbirth becomes complicated. Women still may need extra care after the baby is born, even when nothing goes wrong.

It’s common for new mothers to experience emotional swings during the first couple of weeks after childbirth – crying spells, sadness or irritability. Dr. Anna Brandon, a psychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the baby blues are caused by a combination of hormonal fluctuations and the stresses that come with being a new mom. These can include anxiety about motherhood, financial or relationship concerns and lack of support. To cope with the baby blues, moms should try to get enough rest by napping when the baby is asleep, and they should turn to their spouses, family or other support groups to get help with the physical and emotional demands of motherhood. If symptoms don’t ease within a couple of weeks or if they get in the way of normal functioning, moms should seek medical help.

 

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September 2011

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