New Mother Syndrome or Post-Natal Depression

You are home with your newborn. You look at that angel sleeping and you suddenly burst into tears. Do not worry – feeling emotional, in tears and panicked is normal for a new mother. Your life perspective changes from “I” to “my child”. You have new priorities and you are more sensitive than ever.

Reading this article will help you make the difference between baby blues and post-natal depression. Remember that a happy mother is a happy child.

New Mother Syndrome

This is hardly a problem or an illness. The new mother syndrome is the change in perspectives. From woman you become mother, the ultimate title. In the first weeks of maternity, you can suffer from the so-called baby blues, which are random bursts of tears, anxiety or sadness. They do not last long, though and they swap with good moods.

You need to realize that being a mother is not entirely a joyful, idyllic experience. It is also an overwhelming, tiresome experience.

What you need to do is take care of yourself and of your baby. Do not neglect yourself. Get enough rest and eat well.

Most mothers panic when their baby cries… or does not cry. Babies have their own alarm system and crying is their way of speaking.  When your baby cries and weeps, try to keep your cool and soothe his nerves, do not become yourself agitated and nervous.

Things get problematic if your sadness persists and it becomes a way of living.

Post-Natal Depression

Scientists did not discover yet why some mothers become depressed and others do not. It is the result of many factors: an unstable financial situation, no support from their life partner, the absence of family and friends, previous depressive symptoms.

Consult with your doctor to diagnose correctly a depression.  Here are the most common symptoms of post-natal depression:

  • Manic behaviour: insomnia, severe agitation
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Lack of hope and no perspective on life, future
  • Guilt
  • Irritable behaviour, unjustified anger
  • Indifferent to your baby or a wish to harm him
  • Indifferent to your life partner

It is very important to acknowledge these symptoms and not to keep them to yourself. Do not be afraid of being judged or misunderstood. In any types of depression, communicating with your closest ones and a doctor is the best method.

Post-natal depression does not mean you have failed as a mother.

Love yourself and your baby.