22 Mar Postnatal Depression
You have been longing to love this baby. When overwhelm and fatigue take over, it is a shaming and isolating experience.
When parenting does not feel like the explosion of love you had envisioned, it brings you down. There are many causes for postnatal depression. If the flow of healthy hormones after delivery are cut off, you will not be able to play and care for your baby in the way that you would like. If you are not getting sleep, nutrition and the social interaction you need, you start to wear out.
The birth of your own child can also trigger pain inside you. You wonder about your own childhood. Maybe there is a recurring sense of unease when your baby cries. If you feel low and stressed for a prolonged period of time, it will start to impact on your parenting. If you think you might be depressed, you are not alone. Postnatal depression is common. There is support for you to get settled into this new stage of life.
Perinatal depression resources
Below are some suggested sources for support in the early stages of parenthood.
Aha Parenting is a website that not only gives practical advise on pregnancy, birth and newborns. It also focuses on the emotional health of the parents. Taking good care of yourself is important to be able to take care of your child. A comprehensive and well researched site for all things parenthood.
The Science of Parenting
This book is an easy read and a good guide on forming a strong bond with your child during the first years of parenthood. It is written by a child psychotherapist who understands the juggles of a parents life.
Sunderland, M. The Science of Parenting. DK Publishing, 2016.