The adjustment period: suddenly, there were three of us
Just as during the pregnancy, the first weeks with a baby are filled with anticipation for many families, but also with uncertainty and the feeling of being overtaxed. All this is normal since the body is going through yet another large adjustment process and this can definitely affect your emotional equilibrium. Soon, however, you will see that things are not so bad and that you are not alone with your uncertainties and problems.
The body adjusts to your baby.
During the pregnancy, your body was focused on one goal: The life emerging in your womb should feel as well as possible. After the birth, the body has to adjust again; the pregnancy hormones are no longer needed. This may become apparent to the mother through hot flushes and chills. After a few weeks, you will notice that the adjustment is smooth and the body starts to feel its usual self again. Our tip: Support your body with this adjustment and inquire about postnatal exercises during the pregnancy. Not only do you do physical exercise, but you also meet other mothers and sometimes friendships even emerge.
Start-up difficulties are normal
Perhaps you feel like crying constantly a few days after the birth or you are on edge. This mood is referred to as “baby blues”. You might be quite unprepared for this since shortly before, you were thrilled and happy and beaming with pride. Do not worry: The baby blues are so common that you can almost describe them as a normal occurrence. It is believed that the hormonal changes in the body of mothers after the birth trigger these feelings. The adrenaline level drops, the pregnancy hormones are reduced and the body prepares itself to produce mother’s milk. You may experience a roller coaster of emotions; the awareness of the new responsibility for your baby might overwhelm you. The baby blues disappear in the next days by themselves. With the right combination of relaxation and help from friends and family, you will soon feel better. If you still feel depressed a month after the birth of your baby, you may be suffering from postnatal depression (PND). If you think this is the case, consult with your midwife or doctor who can offer you help and advice.