postpartum blues

noun

plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a feeling of sadness that is experienced by a woman shortly after giving birth, that is typically accompanied by other symptoms (such as mood swings, crying spells, irritability, or insomnia), and that usually lasts less than two weeks : baby blues sense 3
Up to 70% of women who've given birth experience postpartum blues. The blues can begin several hours after giving birth and last up to two weeks.Polly Drew
compare postpartum depression

Examples of postpartum blues in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many women suffer from postpartum mental health conditions, including postpartum blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis, a rare postpartum condition that often resembles a bipolar manic or mixed episode. Cara McNulty, Fortune, 12 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postpartum blues was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Postpartum blues.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postpartum%20blues. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

postpartum blues

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a feeling of sadness that is experienced by a woman shortly after giving birth, that is typically accompanied by other symptoms (such as mood swings, crying spells, irritability, or insomnia), and that usually lasts less than two weeks : baby blues
Postpartum blues, also known as the baby blues, affects roughly 75% of new mothers. It most often peaks on days 4-6 postpartum.Bruce Jancin, Frontline Medical News
compare postpartum depression
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