Giving birth to a child is one of the most profound and significant life-changing events a woman will ever experience.
Not only do you have to negotiate a whole new person who has come into your life forever but you also have to negotiate a whole new YOU that has to adjust to the all-encompassing journey that is motherhood. For every new mother this journey is challenging – at times it can be joyous and at other times it can be overwhelming and lonely.
What is critical at this time in your life is that you take care of yourself – YOUR physical and emotional wellness is of the utmost importance for your new family.
I work with women both individually and in support groups in the perinatal period (before, during and after pregnancy) and in particular in the area of postnatal distress. Postnatal distress can range from mild adjustment difficulties to severe anxiety in the months following childbirth and it is very important that you receive support if you are experiencing any of the following:
- I have trouble sleeping even when my baby is sleeping.
- I get anxious over even the littlest things that concern my baby.
- I feel like I am losing my mind.
- I am afraid that I will never be my normal self again.
- I feel like I am not the mother that I want to be.
- I feel like my emotions are on a roller coaster.
- I can no longer manage what I used to manage on an average day since my baby was born.
If you can identify with any of the above words you have to know that you are not alone – many, many women are feeling just the same as you and there is help out there.
My advice to you is to come for an assessment where we can establish what you are going through and how best to manage it. Don’t hesitate by thinking “I’m sure this is normal and every mom must feel this way”. Get help as soon as you feel like something may be wrong because the longer you leave it the worse you may feel and your baby and your family need you to be well.
Linda Lewis: 021-6856172