Mood Changes

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Many women experience sudden mood changes after the birth of their baby. You may feel very happy one minute and in tears the next. Feelings of deep love may quickly change to anger.

Many of these emotional ups and downs may be caused by changes in hormones in your body. Some mood changes may be a result of the demands of caring for a new baby in the early weeks. Mood changes are normal.

As your hormones return to normal levels and you get used to being a mother to this baby, your moods are likely to change less. If you are concerned about how you are feeling or acting, call your healthcare provider, a counselor, minister, or close friend.

If you are feeling sad, depressed or think you might hurt yourself or your baby, call your doctor or nurse right away. Many women have post-partum depression (or post-partum "blues") and benefit from getting some help.