Did you know that the #1 complication of childbirth is depression? Did you know that the umbrella term, perinatal mood disorders (PMADs), also includes anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder, and more? 15-20% of new mothers struggle with emotional/mental health complications , likely even more, since they are widely under-reported.
I point out these facts, not to instill fear, but rather, to encourage normalization: of maternal mental health awareness, conversation, and to emphasize the importance of care for mothers. For women who don't necessarily fall under those diagnostic categories, there's still a very good chance that you may be struggling, on some level, with the enormous shifts in lifestyle, roles, routines, relationships, disappointment of how reality may not be fully aligning with your expectations, or feeling guilt or shame about just how hard you're finding this whole motherhood thing to be (since society tends to tell us that we should be enjoying every minute). Perhaps you are feeling grief over the loss of your pre-baby life and are finding it difficult to bond with your baby.