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“Baby Blues” and emotional support
This is a normal response to changing hormones combined with loss of sleep
and discomfort as your body recovers from giving birth. This normally resolves
after a few days, but it is very important during this time to rest and receive
extra support with baby. Adjusting to parenthood can be draining, particularly
in the first few weeks when your sleep patterns are disturbed. Keeping meals
simple, sleeping when your baby sleeps, spacing visitors and asking for support
when needed are all important during this time. If you are breastfeeding,
your partner can help by bathing, changing and dressing baby, so including
both parents in the care of their newborn. Having plenty of skin-to-skin
contact with your baby can help by working on hormone levels, raising those
that bring positive feelings.
It is important that if the ‘Baby Blues’ do not disappear after a week or so,
that you discuss this with your midwife, GP or health visitor. 10 to 15% of new
mums will experience some level of postnatal depression. This is a real illness
that may be helped considerably by talking about your feelings, expanding
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your baby and you
The majority of women will experience some level of ‘Baby
Blues’ in the days following the delivery of their baby,
normally peaking around three or four days after the birth.
Emotional
wellbeing
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