For new moms, it can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.”
Whether it be on social media, TV, or with family and friends, we keep hearing messages that motherhood is sacred and must be enjoyed, or else there is something wrong with us. But here is the thing: the postpartum period is not always enjoyable. New moms’ mental health is vulnerable during this period because of many factors (environmental, biological, and situational).
As a therapist with extensive education and training in postpartum disorders, I understand that hormone changes, personal and family history, and social support are all vital factors in understanding and alleviating postpartum symptoms.
Common symptoms of postpartum mood disorders include:
- Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a mother in the first place
- Feeling guilty due to high self-expectations
- Not feeling “bonded” with the baby
- Your thoughts are racing and you can’t quiet your mind
- Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Being afraid that if you reach out for help, others will judge your inabilities
- Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
- Being constantly in a state of worry
You don’t have to navigate this new role with feelings of worry and shame. With therapy, I can guide you to the other side, where motherhood isn’t so intense all the time anymore. Contact me today for a free consultation. Postpartum therapy with me is offered to moms in Ottawa & everywhere in Ontario (virtually).