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Baby blues

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Giving birth is an emotional and tiring experience and your hormones change dramatically in the first few days. It’s around this time you may experience the ‘baby blues’.

You may feel teary, anxious and irritable and your mood can go up and down. Feeling teary can be worse if your labour was difficult, you are very tired or you have other worries, such as problems breastfeeding.

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Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.

For one in every 6 women, however, (which is a big percentage of the women who have babies), the blues do not go and the situation develops into postnatal depression (PND)

For more information have a look at the topic Post natal depression.

Also, on the Raising Children Network

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