Having a baby is the most beautiful experience. As women, we spend nine months growing a human being in our bodies. We’re careful to nourish them and intuitively listen to their needs while they nestle into their new home in our wombs. Then the time comes, and our bundle of joy arrives. We’re new moms! Life is beautiful, our baby is beautiful and we couldn’t be happier…right?
But what if we’re not?
What if we’re sad? That sounds awful doesn’t it? We should just not talk about the sadness. Let’s focus on the happiness because that’s how we should be feeling.
It’s okay to be sad after you have a baby. In fact, it’s normal. After childbirth, our hormone levels quickly drop which leads to chemical changes in our brains which naturally trigger shifts in our moods.
So simple and so normal.
The feelings of depression, anxiety or hopelessness that may occur after you have a baby aren’t even remotely related to anything you did or didn’t do. They are literally the result of a decrease in important hormones in your body that comes with having a baby.
In fact, 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression and, interestingly enough, men experience the effects to. (Here is a great site that specifically offers help to postpartum men). So if you’ve just had a baby and you’re in a relationship, talk to your man about your feelings, chances are, he may be experiencing offset effects of similar emotions. If that doesn’t work, talk to a girlfriend, relative or therapist. It’s so important to talk about these emotions when they happen. It will help put things in perspective and reassure you that you’re not alone. Here’s a great site for new moms dealing with Postpartum.
As a little pick me up while you’re on your journey, I’ve created Collagen Cookies for Postpartum Mamas. Collagen is amazing for new moms as it helps rebuild tissues, can repair your gut lining, help boost your sleep and has incredible effects on your skin, nails and hair. Check out the recipe here.
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