During the extra stress and activity of the holidays often new mom’s find themselves wondering why they are not as excite as usual. Fear not! You are not weird and this is not permanent. Nearly every new mom with whom I have worked has experienced some level of postpartum depression. Usually it is very mild and resolved in a couple conversations.
Moving from professional woman to the role of motherhood is a major transformation! In my assessment there is not enough said about how this will affect you! Your body has just completed creating a whole other person. This little person is completely dependent upon you! Your body is trying to transform back to its original state. In the midst of all this you are learning to care for the new you and your baby. It is allot to go through.
Allowing yourself the time and calm to learn and acclimate to all this is wise. This is why maternity leave in the US is three to six months. It takes that long to start feeling like yourself again! I so wish OB’s helped their clients understand the changes taking place. New moms tell me: “My brain isn’t working right!”; “I am so tired all the time!”; “When will I feel like myself again?”.
One of my most valuable qualities for you, the new mommy, I my ability to walk you through this path and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. You will be yourself soon. Allow your mind and body to recuperate at your rate. Don’t push yourself to go back to work before you are really ready. Permit yourself the time you need to fully recover. You will not regret it!
Below find a one sheet discussion sheet on postpartum issues. If you feel you are experiencing these symptoms talk to a professional. Contact me, I would love to help you find the help you need. Take with your OB. Everyone deals with these issues on some level after having a baby. You are wise to get the help you need quickly!