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When life after having a baby is not how you expected

woman with flat affect holding head in her right hand while holding infant in her left arm

You thought it would be love at first sight. You are supposed to be happy—after all, having a baby of your own is what you have dreamed of for a long time. But none of this is how you imagined it would be and you miss your old life. 
Maybe your pregnancy was wonderful and you miss it, or perhaps it was uncomfortable with body changes, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and back pain. Now, your life has been turned upside down by a screaming, pooping, insatiable insomniac, and all you feel is empty, disconnected, angry, and exhausted. 
Having a baby was supposed to bring you closer with your partner, but your connection is missing and you are fighting more instead. 
Even when you have time to sleep, you are kept awake by racing thoughts or are constantly checking if the baby is still breathing. Sometimes you even have vivid images about something happening to your baby that terrify you.
You worry you can’t tell anyone about these thoughts and feelings because they might judge you as a bad parent, or worse, try to take your baby away. 
Our therapists at Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness have specialized training in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)--also referred to as Postpartum Depression or Postpartum Anxiety. Several of us have experienced PMADs ourselves. We are here to help you understand and work through these difficult feelings, build strategies to feel better, and experience the joy you hoped parenthood would bring.
You don’t have to be in this alone. You deserve support. Contact us to set up your first session.

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