Did you recently have a baby struggling with post-partum anxiety or depression? Are you a stay-at-home mom feeling lonely and sad, or a new mom feeling isolated from the world? Even when you know having a new baby is supposed to be a happy time, but feeling sad is what is happening to you, you might need to reach out for help. If you are struggling after having a new baby, there is no shame to talking to someone or admitting you aren’t as happy as you thought you would be. Post-partum counselors in Orlando or therapy for women can help you get back in the right head space to enjoy motherhood. You are not alone. These are some of the most common feelings new moms have after giving birth.
Maybe you were told that being emotional is normal after giving birth, so you weren’t prepared for feeling sad and depressed after having a baby. If you are trying your hardest to put on a happy face but inside you are wondering why you can’t feel happy, talking to someone will help. Post-partum blues can quickly turn into depression or sadness that manifests into an inability to connect with your baby or prevent you from caring for yourself. These feelings of sadness after having a baby can be managed and with the right help will go away so you can get back to the joys of being a new mom.
Sometimes even when people offer to help with the new baby, it still isn’t enough or at the right times. You need support and it's ok to ask for people to show up when you NEED them, not when it is convenient for them. This can be the hardest thing to ask for as a new mom but can make the biggest impact on your post-partum recovery. It is also important to know that dad isn’t “helping” you. He is being DAD and you should never feel bad for letting him know what he needs to do for his baby.
Having anxiety after giving birth preventing you from enjoying motherhood is not uncommon. You have just earned a new role as a parent and are responsible for a human! Therapy will help you sort out the anxiety after giving birth and help you create an action plan that will help. Anxiety and nervousness about being a new mom are normal but can manifest into an inability to enjoy your baby and doubt yourself.
Feelings of depression are different than the “blues” after birth. Depression is when you feel hopeless, sad, worthless, and can’t seem to shake it. This is something therapy can help with, but also might be something to discuss with your doctor. The most important thing you need to do if this is happening is to ask for help. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone, a professional who knows what you’re dealing with and can get you the best help for new moms.
Surrounding yourself with as much support as you can is the best thing you can do for depression after having a new baby and anxiety after having a new baby. This can be in the way of women’s therapy in Orlando, support groups, asking family and friends to step in, or online support. When you work with a woman’s therapist, they will help you build your network of support and identify what you really need and how to get it.
These are some of the most common issues that a new mom dealing with anxiety after giving birth or a new mom dealing with depression after giving birth faces. Working with a therapist in Orlando for women is a great place to start feeling better. This time of change is joyful, and you deserve to be able to experience that feeling! Putting yourself first may seem absolutely impossible but you deserve it and your new baby will thank you!
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.