Stages of Postpartum Depression New Mothers Can Experience

After a woman has a baby, there are many changes in her body from hormonal changes to physical changes. Many woman find they sometimes feel as if something is simply off in their daily lives. When they are dealing with their new bundle of joy, they may not feel joy but everything from resentment to anger.

If you have these types of feelings, you may be suffering from postpartum depression and should seek help from licensed therapists in Toronto, to ensure your health and the health of your new baby. There are six stages of postpartum that women go through before they feel like themselves again.

    • Denial is the first feeling that many women feel. When you are a new mother, you will feel several things change in your life. Many new mothers will think these changes are simply how mothers are supposed to feel. They do not think they have a problem, however, this is not always the case.

 

    • Angry at everything and everyone in your life. Your family and friends always seem to irritate you and make you want to scream. Feeling as if no one understands you and thinking you should feel joy but do not could be a sign of postpartum depression.Thinking everything in your life is not fair or even getting mad at your new baby should prompt you to contact a qualified therapist in Toronto.

 

    • Bargaining or thinking you just need to do more will make everything fine. You think you just need to exercise more or take vitamins and this will help make everything return to back to normal. Or you just want your new baby to sleep through the night and once they start to, you will feel better. Some new mothers also think if they work harder around the home, it will help, but often this is not the case.

 

    • Feelings of depression or feeling if you should just leave and everyone would be happier. Having thoughts of leaving your family or that your baby needs a better mother than you is a sign of postpartum depression. Feeling like there is no reason to go on, and everyone would be better off, if you are no longer there could indicate you are depressed.

 

    • Accepting that you need help and finally getting it. Eventually, you may finally realize what you are feeling is not normal and realize you do need help. It is important to remember it is not your fault that you are feeling this way. Getting help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign that you care about your family and yourself enough to get the help you need.

 

  • Experiencing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) after thinking you are better. PTSD is not something many new mothers realize might happen after seeking help, but does occur in some situations. Yes, you have gone through all the right treatments and everything should be fine. However, you might start to feel like you somehow hurt your child when they were a baby. Oftentimes, these feelings could potentially retrigger postpartum depression.

Whether you are a new mother and are experiencing postpartum depression or are worried it might come back, getting help from an experienced Toronto therapist will help you and your family. Contact Ellen Starr marriage counseling today by calling 416-488-3102 to schedule a consultation appointment to discuss your concerns and find out how therapy can help get your life back to normal.

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Phone: 416-488-3102
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