I'm here today to bust more myths around postpartum mental health. Here we go!
Myth #3: It was so hard for me to get pregnant. Now that baby is here, I shouldn’t be feeling sad. I don’t have the right to be sad when I wanted this so bad.
The truth: Even if you worked so very hard to get pregnant, perhaps through fertility treatments, it does not mean postpartum depression cannot arise. It doesn’t mean you aren’t excited and loving of your new baby. Women who have had fertility treatments are actually at an increased risk for postpartum depression (PPD).
Myth #4: I’m been feeling anxious and worried about things that could happen to my baby. I’m not feeling sad though. I thought postpartum depression is the only mental health condition that women struggle with after a baby is born.
The truth: There are actually many different mental health challenges that can arise after a baby is born. Researchers have been finding the postpartum anxiety (PPA) is actually much more common than they previously thought. While a mom can feel anxiety while experiencing PPD, it is also possible to only struggle with PPA.
Do you think you might be struggling with postpartum depression or anxiety? Or perhaps you are struggling with the transition into parenting? If so, please reach out to me! I’d love to help support you during this difficult time.