About the Baby Blues

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Up to 80% of new mothers experience the Baby Blues

The Baby Blues are a period of normal adjustment, usually lasting 2-3 weeks and resolve with support from family and friends and increased rest.  The symptoms are unsettling, but do not interfere with a woman’s ability to function.

Symptoms of the Baby Blues include:

  • Sudden mood swings
    (new moms say that they feel the “highest of highs and the lowest of lows”)
  • Loneliness, even among loved ones
  • Sadness and crying spells
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
 Baby Blues are NOT considered to be a PMAD; instead, they are a brief period (2-3 weeks) of normal adjustment.   

If these issues do not resolve within a few weeks, the mother may be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.

Learn more about the difference between the Baby Blues and PMADs.


This Giving Tuesday, we want to say thanks to you for being an integral part of our community. We are so grateful for YOU! Thank you for everything you do and for making our community possible. Remember, we can’t fulfill our mission without you. This Giving Tuesday, give the gift of healing, support, hope, and love to families who are going through hard times due to postpartum depression or other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.