A new baby, whether your first, second, or seventh, can come with a lot of other “newness.” New responsibilities, new memories, new roles, new aches, new fears— parenthood comes with the good, the bad, and all the in between. Adjusting and finding ways to balance this new normal can easily overwhelm the best of us. While newness is one change that comes from bringing a baby into the world, there is a huge difference between the blues, stress and emotion from sleeplessness, and the very serious mental health diagnosis called Postpartum Depression.
Let’s face it, every new mom will be impacted by the chemical changes that come from postpartum hormones, and every feeling, task, frustration is amplified and can quickly push a new mom closer to her breaking points. It’s important to understand the line between one off day and a very serious mental health diagnosis. Monitoring and tracking postpartum signs and symptoms is imperative to knowing when to seek additional support.