Tag Archive for: New moms
In the days and first few months following your child's birth, how are you feeling? You might be like 13% of new American mothers. You are overwhelmed by mood swings that lead to excessive crying, you don’t have a desire to hold or cuddle your baby, and you’ve lost all joy and pleasure in the activities you used to love. If you are experiencing these and other symptoms, you may be depressed. Read more to find out how to manage this difficult season in your life as a new mom.
Life has just hired you to do the hardest, most stressful job that you have ever had. You feel constantly overwhelmed and underprepared. Never has a job required so much of all of who you are; never have you felt the least in a position to give it.
You’ve heard of postpartum depression. But have you heard of postpartum anxiety? Many women experience it. They feel lonely as they deal with their racing and self-labeled irrational thoughts. “No one else must be feeling this,” they say to themselves, “it’s not talked about.”
Are you in the Evanston or greater Chicagoland area? As postpartum therapists, we are well-acquainted with what you are feeling. We have journeyed with other moms like you through this season and aided them in living with greater peace.
Isn’t it odd how we can feel so lonely like we are the only one experiencing something? Our “mom anxiety” kicks in, and we have imagined the most horrible circumstances that no one else has ever lived. Add in the fatigue and sleep deprivation of caring for a newborn, and the perfect storm swirls around us, threatening to sink our ship.