It is ‘normal’ to feel down after having a baby. You may have heard of the ‘Baby Blues’ kicking in around day 3 after giving birth.
All new moms have bad days, feeling down. The baby just won’t sleep, won’t settle, won’t stop crying. Or perhaps the baby is doing just fine, but being stuck in the house is making you feel claustrophobic. Or perhaps you are able to get out of the house, and the baby seems fine. But you’re still feeling down, sad, teary.
What is ‘normal’ and what is postpartum depression?
Postpartum depression can show in many different ways, a few examples could be:
· a general feeling of anxiety,
· feeling down
· feeling angry at those around you
· problems sleeping (even when your baby is sleeping)
· physical aches and pains,
· crying often
· thinking you are a bad mom
· unable to relax
· suicidal thoughts
· lack of motivation
· constant negative thoughts
Every new mom will feel some or all of these things at some point, but if the feelings of despair are continuing on as the weeks go by, then perhaps it is postpartum depression.
It is thought that as many as 1 in every 5 moms experience postpartum depression.
Help is available and it is important to remember that postpartum depression is a medical condition and you can recover from it.
If you think you or someone close to you may be suffering and would benefit from some professional help, please see your doctor and investigate the help and support available in your area.
Stay strong mom, you’re doing a great job and you’ve got this!