Definition of postpartum blues

: 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

First Known Use of postpartum blues

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postpartum blues was in 1949

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“Postpartum blues.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postpartum%20blues. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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postpartum blues

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Medical Definition of postpartum blues

: 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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