For many women, having a baby and caring for a newborn are not the happy and blissful experiences they always dreamed about. Instead, many women struggle. They feel overwhelmed, sad, guilty, and like a failure, or highly anxious that they are not doing everything perfectly and will ruin their baby’s future.
The dramatic hormonal shifts that occur at the time of delivery or when lactation begins may trigger the Baby Blues, which should subside within the first two weeks postpartum. Fifteen to 20% of new moms will go on to develop significant anxiety and depression. Postpartum mental health issues can worsen with sleeplessness, perfectionism, nursing challenges, relationship struggles, the difficult recovery from a traumatic delivery, or having a sick baby.