We bet the last few weeks have flown by in a bit of a blur with little thought to how you are doing. So, let’s have a quick check in…
In those first few days you may have experienced what are commonly known as “Baby Blues”. Unexpected feelings of anxiety, tearfulness and worry can often be experienced from 2 or 3 days following your baby’s arrival, but should have subsided by around day 10. Don’t be surprised if a kind offer of a cup of tea, can see you in floods of tears! Just go with it and remember you have just had a baby. A certain level of emotion is to be expected.
These early days emotions are not the same as having postnatal depression which can leave Mums (and partners) feeling hopeless, sad and experiencing unjustified feelings of guilt and doubt regarding their parenting ability. In addition, these feelings generally last for weeks, if not months and the symptoms can range from mild to severe.
It is really important that if you are experiencing anything like this, that you tell your friends and family so that they can offer you a little bit of extra TLC. If you find that these feeling are prolonged and aren’t showing any signs of going, chat to your midwife who will be able to offer additional support.
If you are reading this and recognising any of the above, it is important that you chat to your GP. Suffering with postnatal depression or anxiety is not something you just “snap out of” but with the right support these symptoms can be treated and most women make a full recovery.