Pregnancy and the birth of a baby may bring feelings of joy, however, this can also be a time of increased stress and emotional vulnerability. The transition to parenthood is a significant emotional and psychological adjustment for the mother, the partner and the entire family.
It is no surprise that a pregnant or postpartum woman who finds herself distressed, depressed and anxious often feels alone. She may feel ashamed, alienated, inadequate and guilty. She may wonder how she could possibly feel this bad when she loves her baby and was looking forward to pregnancy and motherhood. These thoughts and feelings are symptoms. They are not a definition of who you are as a person, a woman, or a mother.
You are not alone—this is not your fault. With treatment, you can feel better.