It can be upsetting and frightening to have feelings about motherhood that don’t seem “right.”
For some women, a morning run, a healthy diet, and support from family and friends are enough to get through the initial adjustment period. For others, talking to a therapist can be both encouraging and beneficial.
Common postpartum symptoms include:
- Feeling overwhelmed and wondering if you should have become a mother in the first place
- Feeling guilty and thinking that you’re not a good mother
- Not feeling “bonded” with your baby
- Racing thoughts and the sense that you can’t quiet your mind
- Feeling empty and numb as if you’re just going through the motions
- Lack of focus and difficulty concentrating
- Being afraid that, if you reach out for help, others will think poorly of you
- Thoughts of running away or leaving your baby behind
- Being in a constant state of worry
If any of these symptoms resonate with you, I invite you to contact me today for a free phone consultation.
Together, we’ll find the underlying issues that are making this adjustment difficult, and create a strategy for moving forward.
Mothers at Any Stage
Motherhood may be the most demanding role you will ever play.
By the time you’ve figured out one stage of child development, your child moves on to the next one.
What works with one child doesn’t necessarily work with the next one.
The parenting strategy that your friends rave about doesn’t produce the same response with your child.
And, of course, if your child has special needs of any type, the challenges become that much greater.
Furthermore, motherhood can be so demanding that it crowds out other aspects of your life. Pursuing your personal interests and aspirations can become more challenging. Similarly, finding time for your spouse, your friends, and your extended family can become more difficult.
All of this can lead to self-doubt and the sense that, “There must be a better way of doing this.”
Whatever challenges you are facing as a mother, if you would like support from an experienced outsider, I would be happy to work with you to find the path that fits for you as a mother and a person.