The "Baby Blues": When (and Why) to Seek Support

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The "Baby Blues": When (and Why) to Seek Support

The emotional rollercoaster you went through during puberty was nothing compared to what happens during and after pregnancy. Here’s how to spot the signs of the baby blues and get the help you need.

For most women, pregnancy and motherhood are joyous journeys, but they can also bring about a range of emotions. Many new mothers experience what’s known as the “baby blues,” which typically begin shortly after childbirth. 

Our Earthy Ruby team specializes in helping new moms overcome this phase, and we want to spread the word to as many women as possible. Here’s an in-depth look at the baby blues, their triggers, the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression, and how to seek support.

What are the baby blues?

The baby blues are the feelings of sadness, worry, and fatigue that many women experience after giving birth. According to the American Pregnancy Association, up to 80% of new mothers go through this emotional rollercoaster. These feelings usually surface three to five days after delivery and can last for up to two weeks.

The biology behind baby blues

During pregnancy, your body undergoes significant hormonal changes, including increased levels of estrogen and progesterone. After childbirth, these hormone levels drop dramatically, which can lead to mood swings and feelings of depression. The physical exhaustion from labor and the demands of caring for your new baby contribute to these feelings and can trigger extreme highs and lows.

Baby blues vs. postpartum depression

While both the baby blues and postpartum depression (PPD) involve mood problems after childbirth, they differ significantly in timing, duration, and symptom severity. 

Baby blues tend to be mild and resolve on their own within a few days or weeks. PPD, on the other hand, is a severe form of depression that can appear anytime within the first year after childbirth and requires professional treatment.

Preventing the baby blues

You know how crucial self-care is during pregnancy, but many new moms neglect themselves when their baby arrives. Unfortunately, lack of sleep, inactivity, and a poor diet can trigger and exacerbate the baby blues.

Regular exercise, nutritious food, and adequate sleep balance your hormones and boost your mood. Building a support network is equally important; don't hesitate to lean on family, friends, or support groups. Establishing a routine can provide a sense of control and predictability during this transitional phase.

Professional services for baby blues: How we can help

Our Earthy Ruby team is committed to holistic healing and wellness, and no one needs that more than new moms. We offer three essential postpartum treatments that support your mind, body, and spirit as you transition into motherhood.

1. Acupuncture

In this traditional Chinese medicine practice, our experienced and licensed specialists insert thin needles into specific points on your body to balance your energy flow. Research suggests that acupuncture can reduce symptoms of baby blues and depression.

2. Massage therapy

Postpartum massage can provide physical relaxation and emotional relief for new moms. Our Earthy Ruby professionals use massage therapy to decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase levels of the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Your postpartum massage sessions can also reduce inflammation, improve sleep, decrease pain, and enhance breastfeeding.

3. Life coaching

A life coach can provide valuable guidance and support during this transitional period. Our experts can help you navigate your new role as a mother, manage stress, and establish a healthy work-life balance.

If the baby blues have crept in and robbed your joy of motherhood, call Earthy Ruby in Cupertino, California, or book an appointment online. We can help you reclaim the peace and happiness you and your baby deserve.