Most new mothers require a break from usual tasks and activities; time to recover and get to know their infant. And the experience of being listened to, recognized, celebrated and understood!
For the new mother, the first few weeks at home with your new baby can be challenging. It is something new that you have never done before. It is easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted.
Having support in these first few weeks while you are getting to know your baby are so important for your mental and physical health.
New Mother Syndrome is a complex mix of emotional, physical and behavioral changes. Hormonal changes are part of New Mother Syndrome.
Many demands are placed on a new mother. Most new mothers are filled with questions, ideas and perhaps some anxiety at becoming a parent for the first time, and the enormity of this life-changing task.
Most of the time, feelings associated with New Mother Syndrome are mild; you may have heard them referred to as “baby blues.” The situation is temporary and tends to leave as quickly as it comes. In unusual cases, it may last for several months and even more than a year.
Postpartum depression may appear to be the baby blues at first — but the signs and symptoms are more intense and longer lasting, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks.
Postpartum depression affects 10-15% of women any time from a month to a year after childbirth.
It is very treatable by skilled professionals. Don’t hesitate to contact your health care professional if you suspect postpartum depression. The symptoms can become severe without proper attention.