Giving birth is not an easy feat. Pat yourself on the back, sit back and soak up all the excitement and well wishes being bestowed upon you. If after the first two weeks or so you find yourself not enjoying your baby and not being quite like your old self then it’s time to seek, talk and do.
Anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), depression and psychosis are all disorders that may triggered in the postpartum stage. It is not the ‘baby blues’ you are experiencing after you have had that chance to rest and receive help from family and friends in the initial weeks postpartum. You may find yourself feeling disconnected from your child, having intrusive thoughts about harming your child or are more worried than expected about SIDs or unintentionally hurting your child. Seek out help by visiting your doctor, calling a Toronto Public Health Nurse or click on any of the links below to get started with a support group:
Postpartum Support International
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto Public Health
Women’s College Hospital
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
Regent Park Community Health Centre
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
Talk to your partner or anyone assisting with the care of your child about how you feel and let them know how they can help. Even if you are a single mom or an adoptive mom you still need take positive steps to feeling better. Do remember that you are never alone and it is acceptable to ask for help. . Some 8-12% of women suffer from some sort of postpartum disorder. Within the city of Toronto, there is someone on the other end of a web chat, phone call, or in a chair across from you who speaks your language and is waiting to share coping strategies and provide resources useful to you. You are no less super for feeling low during postpartum; you are human. Many support groups often have help for the partners as well so you have one less thing to worry or feel guilty about. Take advantage of the resources available specific to your issue at this point in your life. Identify the need for help, get that help and move through any postpartum disorder you are experiencing.