The Common Emotional Problems New Parents May Face

The Common Emotional Problems New Parents May Face

It is natural to feel a mixture of emotions when you are pregnant or have given birth to your new son or daughter. However, if you feel afraid, anxious or depressed, you must avoid suffering in silence and talk about your feelings with your loved ones and/or a medical professional.

If you are struggling to cope with your new normal, here are the common emotional problems new parents may face.

Baby Blues

It is common for many new mothers to experience the baby blues during the first week after childbirth. Due to hormonal changes, you could feel anxious, irritable, depressed, or experience intense mood swings.

Thankfully, the symptoms will reach a peak between three to five days following childbirth, and the negative emotions can often disappear without any specialist treatment.

If, however, the feelings persist for more than two weeks, you could be experiencing postpartum depression. If so, you must speak to a doctor to receive emotional support, counseling and/or medication.

An Anxiety Disorder

While anxiety is normal when pregnant or following the birth of your child, too much anxiety could lead to low self-confidence and the belief you’re an inadequate parent.  

If you experience any of the below complaints, it’s a sign you need to talk to a medical professional:

  • Panic attacks
  • Feelings of restless and irritability
  • Heart palpitations, a tight chest, or tense muscles
  • Insomnia
  • Fear that prevents you from going outside with your baby
  • Anxious thoughts that interfere with daily tasks

If you believe you are living with an anxiety disorder, turn to The Recovery Village to receive the professional help you need to take back control of your emotions.

The Common Emotional Problems New Parents May Face

Attachment Problems

Many new parents can feel worried or concerned when they don’t instantly bond with their baby. However, it doesn’t happen immediately for 20% of new moms and dads, and it might take a few days or weeks to feel a connection to your new son or daughter.

As a result, you might experience feelings of:

  • Guilt
  • Disappointment
  • Stress
  • Fear

Thankfully, with rest and emotional support from your loved ones, you might soon develop a stronger bond with your baby. If, however, the feelings do not subside, talk to a health professional.

Postpartum Depression

Approximately 10-20% of new moms will reportedly experience postpartum depression. It is common for depression to gradually increase for many months. If left untreated, it could develop into a chronic condition or may return should you become pregnant.

If you experience the following emotions for more than a few days, it’s likely you are experiencing postpartum depression:

  • A low mood
  • Feelings of inadequacy, guilt, hopelessness, emptiness, or intense sadness
  • Fear of going outside or being alone
  • Feelings of resentment, anger or irritability towards your children and/or partner
  • Appetite changes
  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Suicidal thoughts or a desire to run away
  • Exhaustion
  • A lack of interest in activities

If you are suffering from any of the above feelings or conditions listed above, it’s vital to confide in either your loved ones or mental health professional. As a result, you will receive the support you need during this new phase of your life.

About the author
Mrs. Hatland is a 30-something married, mom of 7 and the face behind the popular online publication, Motherhood Defined. Known as the Iowa Mom blogger by her local peers and “The Fairy Blogmother” worldwide. She has professional experience in working closely with clients on brand ambassadorships, client outreach services, content creation and creative social media advertising exposure.

3 Comments

  1. I did not realize how serious post partum depression can be.It is so sad when you think of these women,how much they go through and then for this to happen …Thank you for sharing this info.

  2. I think one of the other if it is a first child is being afraid to make a mistake. Nowdays there is so much on the internet to help. You bring up other good points.

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