There are many emotions and different stages when experiencing the birth of a baby. Although there are guidelines and literature of what to expect, it is a journey that looks different for everyone.
This journey may include positive experiences as well as traumatic ones. Once the baby is born, the attachment process can also differ from person to person and is not always an automatic process. Yet most women can relate to the roller coaster of emotions.
- Overwhelmed or tired
- Excessive energy despite the lack of sleep
- Discomfort with body changes and temporary disability
- Guilt or disappointment with not meeting birthing expectations
- Mental fog and difficulty concentrating
After six weeks, the roller coaster may shift to feeling like a car ride with some bumps along the way, but overall a smooth ride with your loved ones and your new member of the family – maybe even feeling like you’re in the driver seat at times. But what happens if after a few weeks this shift doesn’t occur? If the mental fog, fear and constant guilt does not go away, destroying your confidence and demolishing those maternal instincts.
This article provides detailed information about the different types of postpartum mood disorder. We often just hear of the baby blues and postpartum depression, but other subcategories of postpartum mood disorder include postpartum anxiety (PPA), postpartum obsessive-compulsive disorder (PPOCD) and postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder.