Are you feeling overwhelmed and unexpectedly challenged by the arrival of your new baby? Are you feeling confused by your own emotional and physical reactions to the demands of caring for a newborn?
Transitioning to a new life can be difficult no matter how much you’ve prepared for it. With a new baby, many new mothers can become consumed by self-doubt, worry, and sadness. They can struggle with constant anxiety and fear that they are doing something wrong. In addition, physical exhaustion may begin to take its toll during a time where it seems like fitting in self-care is impossible.
During the months after childbirth women experience heightened vulnerability to depression and anxiety. Depression symptoms can start during pregnancy or can be delayed until up to a year after birth. Postpartum depression is extremely common and affects around 10 to 15% of women after childbirth.
There is no single cause of depression and anxiety after childbirth; however, there are several factors that may increase risk such as:
- A history of depression
- Living alone
- Low levels of social support
- Financial difficulties
- Relationship difficulties
Sometimes difficulties associated with pregnancy can also increase the likelihood of depression and anxiety after birth. Mothers who went through a traumatic birth, difficult pregnancy, or fertility issues can also have an increased vulnerability to developing postpartum depression after birth.
Symptoms of postpartum depression
We are all individuals and no woman reacts in the same way to any life event and the list of symptoms for postpartum depression is long. Below are some common symptoms, for the full list you can read here.
- Intense sadness or severe mood swings
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty bonding with your baby
- Overwhelming tiredness or exhaustion
- Loss of pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
- Fears related to your ability to be a good mother
- Excessive irritability or anger
- Severe anxiety or feelings of panic
The benefits of postnatal therapy
When you have postpartum depression and/or anxiety, it’s normal to feel isolated and hopeless. It’s important to know that help is available, and postpartum depression and anxiety are both treatable conditions.
Research shows that postnatal therapy with a professional is effective for postpartum depression, or if you are just struggling with the adjustment of caring for a newborn. The goal of therapy is to bring you back into a place of balance, wellbeing, and stability. A happy and healthy mother is essential to the wellbeing of the baby and the entire family.
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