Postpartum Challenges

Since I arrived home from the hospital I have struggled to adjust to motherhood. It is not an easy transition for many women. There is judgement attached to when a mother expresses anything other than joy after she has given birth.

Sleep deprivation, hormones, and the gap between expectations of what motherhood will be like versus the reality can bring on postpartum depression or make it worse. If one has a history of mental illness then the likelihood of developing it can be greater.

Alanis Morrissette talks about her own struggle with postpartum depression also referred to as the “baby blues” in this interview to raise awareness. I am writing about the topic on this blog for similar reasons as even though I was aware that something didn’t feel quite right. I really didn’t feel like myself when I came home from the hospital. It is actually difficult for me to describe something that felt so raw emotionally.

It took me a while before I was willing to speak to anyone about it, because of societal attitudes towards those who admit that motherhood is not any easy adjustment for everyone. Long term it would do worse harm to myself and to my son to not deal with it.

Amanda

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4 thoughts on “Postpartum Challenges

  1. Hi

    My name is Kane, I’m the editor of “MyStorio” representing a number of independent writers, musicians and artists. MyStorio is a children’s publisher http://www.mystorio.com

    We like to become your guest blogger to provide book, art & music reviews twice a month. You will be helping our writers, artists and musicians to publicise their work. If you have a friend or a family member who is an artist/ writer, you’ll know it is true that the stereotypical artist are the struggling and hopeful type, and many of them would abandon their work in a few years without our support and to create valuable opportunities like this for them. Your help would mean so much for them and MyStorio.

    From our experience, our reviews will add a new dimension to an existing blog and likely to attract more followers for you. Please give it a thought, and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best Wishes

    Kane
    MyStorio Editor
    creative@mystorio.com

    1. Hi Kane,
      I will most certainly give your offer some thought. As a writer myself I know how difficult it can be to find opportunities to have your work considered. I will look at MyStorio later on today so I can see what you publish.

      Sincerely,

      Amanda Wilson

    1. The assumptions that people carry that something is all good or all bad really are quite silly. Depression can have a powerful grip and when you factor in what hormones do to your brain chemistry; it can make something much worse. I am starting to not care what society thinks about certain things. If someone doesn’t like me expressing how I feel then the door is that way.

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