Baby blues - Better Lives Healthy Futures

Baby blues

During the first week after having a baby, many women get what’s often called the ‘baby blues’. Women can experience low mood at a time when they expect to feel happy.
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This is probably due to the sudden hormonal and chemical changes that take place in the body after childbirth. These feelings are completely normal and usually only last for a few days.

If these feelings last longer than this, it’s important that you get the help and support you need.

Speak to your midwife, health visitor or GP for more advice.  See also the links below.

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Maternal and paternal mental health

Feeling worried or stressed, or even feeling a little down throughout and after your pregnancy can be normal but it’s important to realise when these feelings become more serious.
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Parent infant relationship

Your relationship with your baby starts much earlier than the first time you meet them.
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Further information

Feeling depressed after birth

It can be difficult to understand whether you’re struggling with the normal baby blues or whether it could be something more serious. This website talks about the difference between feeling a bit down and teary and postnatal depression.

Baby blues - what to expect

The NCT talks about why the baby blues can occur, what the symptoms may be and when to get further help or support from your GP or health visitor.

MyWellbeing College

MyWellbeing College is a free NHS service run by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust. It helps you to manage everyday problems such as feeling low, having problems sleeping, feeling anxious and experiencing stress, using tools like online courses, workbooks and telephone consultations.

Better Start Bradford

Better Start Bradford provides over 20 projects for pregnant women and families with babies and children aged under four, in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton. The projects help families with reading, healthy cooking and eating, support in the home, play, English language skills and much more. The organisation also runs lots of free events for families, volunteers and healthcare professionals.