Pregnant women are known for their emotional fragility. Crying at television advertisements, becoming weepy at the very sight of a newborn’s jumpsuit...the list goes on. But at what point do “normal” up and down emotions become something else entirely? Read on to learn more about your emotional health during pregnancy and why it’s so important.
When I first became pregnant (goodness, was it really 5 years ago?) and looked into my (very bright and happy) future, returning to work after my maternity leave was something I absolutely took for granted. It’s funny how things change, isn’t it? Little was I to know, not only would my confidence and motivation take a severe battering over those 12 long months, but so too would my priority list for life.
The below story was written in August 2012, when the darkness of my postnatal depression remained a constant companion. My writing about such experiences was to show other mothers they are not alone in their thoughts and feelings, and that there is hope when such darkness descends upon your life… No one should have to walk this path alone.
Often women who are suffering from Perinatal Depression are described as if they are wearing a “smiling mask”. To the outside worlds everything appears ok, yet behind closed doors the tears start to fall and the feelings of despair and hopelessness can be intense