Oh, look at those tiny hands! She is so cute. Welcome to the parenthood club. Your diaper duty starts now. And, the wishing saga continues…
Hands down, you did a fantastic job during labor and when you held the baby in your arms for the first time “the tears of joy” were beyond expressing. Everyone around you is happy and celebrating the birth of your little one by wearing either a “new granny in town” print t-shirt or tying the “welcome home baby” balloon by the nursery cot. Everyone is elated, except you. In fact, you are feeling quite the opposite. You are angry, sad, exhausted, and err…irritated post delivery.
Don’t worry. There is nothing wrong with you and what you are going through is something every 8 out of 10 women feel and experience. Why, because your mind and body go through sea changes during and after pregnancy. Here you were getting used to the baby bump and XL size jeans and suddenly you don’t have that protruding belly to rub or lemonade remedy to gulp for heartburn. You have the baby in the cradle all right but all those pre-preggers routines, they are gone!
So it is natural to experience an emotional state called “the baby blues”, where mood swings, self-doubt, sadness come knocking in all thanks to the sudden change in hormones that happens during and after childbirth.
Now, baby blues usually go after a few days or a week, but if you still feel you are holding on to those “Why am I sad” or “Do I hate my baby thoughts”, then you might be suffering from postpartum depression.
I am sorry baby. I love you so much. But I can’t stop crying…
For some women, sadness, anxiety or exhaustion doesn’t seem to leave them even after the joyful air the baby brings in the hood. In the beginning, postpartum depression can be termed as a normal baby blues as they share similar symptoms like sadness, insomnia, and irritability. But things take can take a serious turn when you don’t feel like caring for your newborn or even feel suicidal.
As new mother feelings like these are truly painful, especially during a time that is supposed to be cheery and memorable. Instead of being vocal about it many women keep their agonies to themselves and aggravate the situation. Most of the time it takes a toll on their relationships with the nearest confidante like spouse, mother, friends, etc who are sidelined and become an easy target to the emotional outbursts of new moms.
PPD is a medical condition that needs attention and treatment before it worsens and becomes a chronic depression disorder. It can have a negative impact on the overall development of the child.
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