Emotional Changes After Giving Birth

After the birth of your baby, you may feel many emotions. You need time to adjust to your body’s changes and to your baby’s needs. These changes can make your emotions swing from happy to sad. This is normal. About half of new moms have these feelings.

Signs

You may have one or more of these signs:
Cry for no reason
Feel restless or nervous
Go from being happy to sad quickly
Are easily irritated
Have little patience
Feel overwhelmed
Have trouble thinking
Not feel like eating
Are tired and have little energy
Have problems sleeping
These changes should go away in a few days or weeks as your body adjusts and you get used to caring for your baby. Here are some things you can do to help:
Ask for and accept help.
Rest or nap when your baby sleeps.
Take a break and have someone care for your baby while you go out.

Talk about your feelings with family and friends.
Join a new mothers’ group.
Exercise if your doctor says it is okay.
Care for yourself. Read, take a bath or watch a movie.
Eat a healthy diet.

Danger Signs

Sometimes these signs do not go away or they get worse. You may need more help. You may have a more serious problem if you:
Are not able to care for yourself or your baby
Are afraid to be alone with your baby
Have thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
These are danger signs and you need to get help. Call your doctor right away.