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Emotional Changes

Becoming a parent is a big step. To do so, you went through both emotional and physical stresses to carry and deliver your child. This is alot for you to process on top of the responsibilites of parenthood. No amount of study and practice can truly prepare anyone for parenthood.

Your priorities and demands on time will immediately change as you acclimate to a new schedule and routine. It is normal to feel overwhelmed. It takes two to three months to fully acclimate to these changes. Do not be afraid to ask for help during this period.

Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

As a new mother you will feel joy, fear, confusion, exhaustion and love. During the first few days after giving birth, you may experience the "Baby Blues" which includes impatience, irritability and crying. About 70% of women experience the Baby Blues after childbirth. These feelings are normal and generally last anywhere from a few hours to a week or so and go away without treatment.

Postpartum depression is generally more severe and may start as early as the second or third day after delivery or take several weeks or months to develop. Symptoms of Postpartum Depression include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Crying spells
  • Feelings of hopelessness or loss of control
  • Over concern or no concern at all about the baby
  • Fear of touching the baby
  • Little or no concern about your appearance
  • Inability to sleep or excessive sleep
  • It is important to realize that these symptoms are not signs of weakness or inadequacy. At the onset of these changes, you need to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Last Updated: 12/30/2013