If you have the baby blues, you may be experiencing the following symptoms for up to 14 days, for a few minutes to a few hours each day:
Weeping or crying for no particular reason
Feeling really impatient or irritable
Feelings of anxiety, worries, or intrusive thoughts
Dealing with extreme fatigue or tiredness
Insomnia or not being able to sleep when you feel like you should
Waves of sadness that come on unexpectedly
Big mood swings that catch you off guard, or sudden changes in your mood
Not being able to concentrate
While the baby blues are common, and much of the time will not last, they are extremely unpleasant and can cause real challenges for you and your relationships during that time.
While bringing awareness to the fact that this is happening is an important tool to managing how we feel, there is also some research that indicates that proper nutrition, including DHA, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and EPAs can help prevent the baby blues.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) are considered “essential fatty acids” in that they cannot be synthesized by the body, so must be consumed through the diet. Women who consume enough Omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to suffer from the baby blues. If you are going to eat fish for these fatty acids, try to research brands or types of fish that are low in mercury beforehand.