Perhaps you’ve experienced “baby blues” yourself or know someone who has. This special time in a woman’s life when she is “supposed” to be blissfully happy can become something far from it.
As per BabyCenter, “Anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues – an emotional state of tearfulness, unhappiness, worry, self-doubt, and fatigue. The baby blues typically begin a few days after delivery and go away on their own within a week or two.”
According to American Pregnancy, other symptoms can include impatience, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, poor concentration, and mood changes.
Instead of hoping and wishing women never experience this post-birth period, new research out of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has discovered a three-supplement “nutrition kit” that has been found to virtually eliminate baby blues in women who have just given birth.
CAMH found a notable difference in the emotional stability of 21 new mothers who, as part of the study, were given two amino acids for mood-regulation, and a blueberry extract for its anti-oxidant effects. A control group of 20 women did not receive the supplements in the days after giving birth. The 21 mothers who received the nutrition kit were given the supplements over the course of three days, starting on the third day after giving birth.
Those who were given the supplements did not experience any depressed mood, while the new mothers who were not taking the supplements had much higher instances of depression.
These findings can be a blessing for mothers-to-be who are worried that they will suffer from baby blues, particularly if they did with a previous pregnancy and birth.
Did you or do you know a mother who dealt with baby blues? Would you consider taking these supplements if it meant you’d be less likely to suffer?
For more information like this, please visit AMC blogs.
By: Melissa A. Kay