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  1. If you have an underactive thyroid or an underlying illness, your doctor may treat those conditions or refer you to the appropriate specialist. Your doctor may also refer you to a mental health professional. Baby blues. The baby blues usually fade on their own within a few days to one to two weeks. In the meantime: Get as much rest as you can.
  2. What are the baby blues? Baby blues are feelings of sadness a woman may have in the first few days after having a baby. Baby blues are also called postpartum blues. Postpartum means after giving birth. About 4 in 5 new moms (80 percent) have baby blues. Baby blues can happen 2 to 3 days after you have your baby and can last up to 2 weeks.
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  4. Up to 80% of new mothers get what’s called the “baby blues” -- short-term dips in mood caused by all of the changes that come with a new baby. These feelings often .
  5. The baby blues can range from feelings of sadness, anxiety and overwhelm to exhaustion and inertia. Some women also experience feelings of absolute euphoria during this time. There is no one size fits all. Generally the baby blues start around 48 hours post birth and may last between 48 hours to a couple of weeks.
  6. The exact cause of the “baby blues” is unknown at this time. It is thought to be related to the hormone changes that occur during pregnancy and again after a baby is born. These hormonal changes may produce chemical changes in the brain that result in depression.
  7. If you think the baby blues affect most new mothers, you’re right. Feeling tired and losing interest in sex, for instance, is part of being a new parent, so it can be hard to tell if you’re depressed or just exhausted. But with postpartum depression, symptoms are more persistent, and don’t improve after a break or a good night’s sleep.
  8. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do when it comes to avoiding the baby blues. It’s as normal a part of the post-birth experience as sleep deprivation and drinking loads of tea. The good news is that for most women, the symptoms will pass in a few days. So ride it out by doing anything you need to feel better.

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