I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.baby blues, depressed, depression, overwhelmed, new baby, newborn, pregnancy, 4th trimester, postpardum, postpartum, sad, moody, irritable, hormones, estrogen, progesterone, crying, cry, transition, parenthood, new parent05/12/201106/12/201806/12/2018Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD06/01/201803e47b4d-afbc-4fdb-9f7e-fad7fce5014bhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/babyblues.html/<p><em>I have a newborn who I love more than life itself! My daughter is the joy of my life. Still, I feel sad sometimes, and I'm not sure why. What's wrong with me?</em><br /> <em>&ndash; Lyda</em></p> <p>The transition from pregnancy to parenthood is a major life adjustment &mdash; both physically and emotionally. During your baby's first few days of life, it's normal to feel emotional highs and lows, something commonly referred to as the "baby blues."</p> <p>With the baby blues, you might feel happy one minute and tearful or overwhelmed the next. You might find yourself feeling angry, sad, irritable, or discouraged. Feeling this way doesn't mean that you're a "bad" mother or that you don't love your baby.</p> <p>These mood swings are believed to be caused by hormone changes that happen in a woman's body after she gives birth. Levels of estrogen and progesterone needed during pregnancy suddenly drop, causing shifts in mood. Other things &mdash; like being tired and not getting enough sleep, for example &mdash; also can add to these feelings.</p> <p>Fortunately, the baby blues usually only last for a few days or weeks, and usually stop&nbsp;on their own without medical treatment.</p> <p>If you have a case of the baby blues, try to take care of yourself as much as possible. Eat a healthy diet and get as much rest as you can, especially since exhaustion and sleep deprivation can reinforce and fuel feelings of sadness.</p> <p>Here are some other things that can help you feel better:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Accept help, especially in the first days and weeks after birth.</li> <li>Let family and friends help with errands, food shopping, household chores, or childcare.</li> <li>Let someone prepare a meal or watch your baby while you relax with a shower, bath, or a nap.</li> <li>Get plenty of rest and eat nutritious foods.</li> <li>Talk to loved ones or other new mothers who can help you feel supported and remind you that you're not alone.</li> </ul> <p>If the baby blues last longer than a week or two, or if symptoms become worse, talk to your doctor to discuss whether <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ppd.html/">postpartum depression</a> may be the cause of your emotional lows.</p>Amo a mi bebé. Sin embargo, me siento triste.La transición del embarazo a la maternidad implica un gran cambio en la vida, tanto a nivel emocional como físico. Durante los primeros días de vida del bebé, es normal sentir altibajos emocionales y esta sensación suele recibir el nombre de "melancolía posparto".https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/babyblues-esp.html/d34f5cf6-9be1-4024-a0aa-3bf5792a78ad
A Guide for First-Time ParentsIf you're a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/guide-parents.html/186709b2-0cb2-41a0-b9be-86c9ca129a57
Becoming a FatherPregnant women experience a variety of emotions and life changes. But most first-time dads have lots of feelings and concerns to deal with, too.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/father.html/6ee79cb5-b7e6-40f6-b337-b006f13013ae
Bonding With Your BabyBonding, the intense attachment that develops between you and your baby, is completely natural. And it's probably one of the most pleasurable aspects of infant care.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bonding.html/44b3059f-95ed-42da-9c8a-1861e13226ef
Postpartum DepressionIt's important for new mothers – and those who love them – to understand the symptoms of postpartum depression and reach out to family, friends, and medical professionals for help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ppd.html/52f73cb1-1d31-49c5-9092-e1fce051d1ed
Pregnancy & Newborn CenterAdvice and information for expectant and new parents.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/pregnancy-center.html/c58d014a-89a3-4c90-8b54-c9cadf5d6016
Recovering From DeliveryAfter giving birth, you'll notice you've changed somewhat - both physically and emotionally. Here's what to expect after labor and delivery.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/recovering-delivery.html/dcd08107-34bc-49b7-9997-1ab35a939bf6
kh:age-babyZeroToOnekh:clinicalDesignation-behavioralHealthkh:genre-qAndAkh:primaryClinicalDesignation-behavioralHealthNewborn Carehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-center/newborn-care/92cfa6ea-2e13-47d8-a2c6-6678383a3c14Pregnancy Q&Ahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pregnancy-center/q-a/0a2827d5-46da-48ed-9f6b-cc881dc02d20Taking Care of Your Mindhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preventing-premature-birth/taking-care-of-your-mind/93c79136-6e30-4068-bd91-80aee98c9f09Emotionshttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/emotions/feelings/b0520316-31b1-481c-9869-510ceb0094d1