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Baby blues

The baby blues is a phenomenon common to nearly all new mothers who have given birth. We will examine the meaning of the term baby blues, its original meaning, and some examples of its use in sentences.

The baby blues is a slight depression that occurs to most new mothers after they give birth. The baby blues is brought on by fluctuating hormones after the birth of a baby and lasts for a matter of hours to a few weeks. If the baby blues lasts longer then that, then it is most probably postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is a clinical depression and should be treated by a professional. The term baby blues to mean the slight depression after the birth of a baby was first used in the 1940s. Previously, baby blues was a slang term for pale blue eyes. 


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Examples

Designed to counter the mood-altering brain changes that occur after a woman gives birth to a baby, a nutritional kit of three supplements virtually eliminated the “baby blues” among women at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). (The Advertiser)

A new study by researchers in Toronto finds that a dietary supplement regimen of the powerful antioxidants blueberry juice and blueberry extract can help ward off the “baby blues.” (The Kansas City Star)

MAO-A levels peak five days after giving birth, precisely when post-partum “baby blues” are pronounced the most. (The Deccan Chronicle)

But the birth of a child can adversely affect a mother’s mental health with most women experiencing major mood shifts after childbirth – ranging from brief, mild baby blues to the longer-lasting and deeper clinical depression known as postpartum depression. (Zee News)

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