Partner's Guide to the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

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by Sam Holt

The Baby Blues (what is it and what can you do?)

It's very common in the days following birth that your partner will be SUPER emotional and have a day or two where just about anything can set the waterworks in motion.

The baby blues are common mood swings experienced after childbirth. Symptoms usually appear 3 to 4 days after the delivery and can last for several days. Symptoms may include:

  • Mood swings (laughter one minute – tears the next!)
  • Feeling a little depressed
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Inability to sleep

Keep an eye out for these symptoms and be as supportive as possible. Remember your partner's body has been through a tough nine months and hormones are rampant. These symptoms should disappear within 10 days.

Postpartum depression is the big sister of the baby blues

Postpartum depression is very real and nothing to be ashamed about. It can affect men as well as women so it's important that you are aware of the warning signs and symptoms. It can be treated with therapy and support -- be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • Feeling sad and or low or unnatural highs
  • Frequent crying and tearfulness
  • Feelings of restlessness, anxiety or irritability
  • Loss of interest in life & desire to do anything
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep-related problems
  • Rapid weight loss or gain
  • Showing little interest in your baby

Postpartum depression can set in anytime within six months of childbirth. If you, or your partner, experience these symptoms you should contact your family doctor. Dealing with postpartum depression, whether it be you or your partner, can be very difficult and professional help is strongly recommended.


About the authors: Troy Jones: Troy's company produced the Being Dad series and he has traveled the globe interviewing hundreds of new dads and experts. As a result we like to think of him as a "well renowned global guru in all things Being Dad;" sounds impressive anyway. Troy has a beautiful daughter Matilda, who appears in the Being Dad series.

Sam Holt: Best known for coming up with a new idea every five minutes it's little wonder that Being Dad was, in fact, his idea. Fortunately, Being Dad was one of Sam's better ideas and with the help of Troy and Tom it has grown way beyond all of their expectations. Sam has a son, Hugo, who is too cute to be his.

Tom Hastwell: Lured out of the corporate world by Sam and Troy, Tom has been bitten by the business bug. Troy and Sam are eagerly awaiting news that Toms wife is pregnant so that they can attach a camera crew to him for nine months and actually put him to work. Tom is currently practicing for kids.

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