Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

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By: Lori Daniel “Baby Blues” and Postpartum Depression
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A period of heightened maternal  emotions that follow the birth of  a baby, usually beginning in the  first 3-5 days after birth. It is  caused by physiological and  emotional stress. “Baby Blues”
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Symptoms Irritability, emotional liability, and unexplained  tearfulness Feeling let down and having a decreased appetite Restlessness, insomnia, headache, anxiety, sadness,  or anger Exaggerated happiness may be reported Unlike postpartum depression, postpartum blues  typically resolves in a week to 10 days
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Rubin’s Postpartum Phases of Regeneration “Taking-in” phase: first 3 days “Taking-hold” phase: days 3-10 “Letting go” phase
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“Taking-in” Phase Mother focuses on her own needs, such a food and  sleep Fully relies on others to meet needs for comfort and  rest This phase is not the best time to try to teach the  new mother about baby care It is important for the nurse to listen and help the  mother interpret the events of the delivery and make  them more meaningful
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“Taking hold” Phase The woman is more in control of independence, has  a desire to take charge Begins to care for the baby with assistance, usually  eager to learn and practice This is a good time to teach the mother about baby  care
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“Letting go” Phase Focus is the forward movement of the family as a 
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