Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
Women are often told sleep when your baby sleeps. This is not always possible. It feels overwhelming to do this since new moms may feel this is their only time to complete other household chores or have a moment to themselves. However, if your sleep is interrupted due to excessive thinking or worries over a number of weeks or months this may be a warning sign of PMD (Postpartum Mood Disorder).
Increased Crying Spells
Pregnancy and the postpartum period often bring hormonal changes which may include more episodes of crying. However, if these episodes become more regular and come along with feelings of sadness, this may be related to PMD.
Intensified anxiety and sadness can often translate into increased anger and irritability. This may look like increased strain and resentment towards you partner, becoming more easily frustrated with partner, family, friends, newborn and strangers. This is a symptom of PMD.
Know that you are not alone! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talking about your emotions can be helpful to getting you through this difficult time. You can reach out to your GP and get a referral to a professional who specializes in treatment during this time.
B Healthy Counselling specializes in supporting women during pregnancy and the the postpartum period.
She has worked in various areas of mental health with a special interest in Women’s Mental Health and Couples Counselling. Formally, she founded and led the Women’s Mental Health Clinic at William Osler Health and has continued to work with women and couples on their goals.