"I walk slowly,
but I never walk backward."
- Abraham Lincoln
One can’t help but go through a range of emotions as they undergo one of the biggest changes of their life by having a newborn baby. This is a natural process for when parents take hold of their skills and discover opportunities for growth as a family.
Right after delivering a baby the women’s body changes as she experiences a drop of estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, it is normal to become emotional and experience an array of feelings (happiness, excitement, sadness, frustration, anger, loneliness, worry, love, connectedness). It can take about two weeks for the physical body to stabilize and emotionally/mentally/spiritually begin to feel more comfortable with the new circumstances.
It is when you experience the range of feelings often and consistently for more then two weeks that you might want to reach out and get some support.
As described by Toronto Public Health (2017)
About 15-20% of parents experience postpartum depression so you are not alone and there are things that can be done to prevent and help alleviate the situation. Getting proper care and support is important for the parents and the baby so that the attachment, bonding and development are not impacted.