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The Baby Blues: What They Are and How to Best Manage Them

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  • The Baby Blues: What They Are and How to Best Manage Them

    Amidst the feelings of excitement and joy, shortly after giving birth many women also feel sadness, anxiety, fear and even anger. This set of symptoms known as 'the baby blues' is a form of mild depression and up to 80 percent of new moms may experience it.

    The baby blues typically begins three to four days after delivery and disappears after 10 days. But in that short time frame a woman may experience a roller coaster of emotions and physical symptoms, such as:
    • Exhaustion
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Increase or decrease in appetite
    • Irritability
    • Fear, anxiety or feeling "trapped"
    • Sadness
    • Mood swings

    Be aware that if your feelings of sadness persist for longer than a few days, you could be suffering from postpartum depression. About 10 percent of new moms suffer from postpartum depression, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression can develop up to six months after giving birth, and involves more severe feelings of sadness, anxiety and restlessness that interfere with daily life.

    While some of the symptoms of baby blues are the result of rapidly changing hormone levels, many are more emotionally based.

    “The baby blues that often happen when a woman gives birth is due to several factors,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates. “The anticipation of having a newborn creates many expectations. And even if the newborn is meeting those expectations externally, internally there can still be disappointment or conflict.”

    For example, Dwoskin points out, there is a sense of unity between the mother and the baby that is often lessened after birth, literally, with the cutting of the umbilical cord.

    “There also can be feelings of regret as the responsibility sinks in,” he says.

    Women who are experiencing the baby blues can help themselves by taking naps as often as possible, taking a few minutes a day to relax and not being judgmental of themselves if everything isn’t perfect. In other words, go easy on yourself when the new baby comes and don’t try to be Supermom.

    As for your unpredictable emotions, letting go using The Sedona Method will help you to focus on the joy of the occasion.

    “All of these feelings can be handled the same way you would handle any other feeling,” Dwoskin says. “You can simply welcome what you're feeling and also welcome any reaction to the feeling or any wanting to do anything with it. And then if it hasn't released simply by doing this you can allow yourself to let go as best you can. This will free you to really enjoy the newborn without the weight of depression.”

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