I Love My New Baby. So, Why Am I Sad?
I have a newborn who I love more than life itself! My daughter is the joy of my life. Still, I feel sad sometimes, and I’m not sure why. What’s wrong with me?
The transition from pregnancy to parenthood is a major life adjustment — both physically and emotionally. During your baby’s first few days of life, it’s normal to feel emotional highs and lows, something commonly referred to as the "baby blues."
With the baby blues, you might feel happy one minute and tearful or overwhelmed the next. You might find yourself feeling angry, sad, irritable, or discouraged. Feeling this way doesn’t mean that you’re a "bad" mother or that you don’t love your baby.
These mood swings are believed to be caused by hormone changes that happen in a woman’s body after she gives birth. Levels of estrogen and progesterone needed during pregnancy suddenly drop, causing shifts in mood. Other things — like being tired and not getting enough sleep, for example — also can add to these feelings.
Fortunately, the baby blues usually only last for a few days or weeks, and usually stop on their own without medical treatment.
If you have a case of the baby blues, try to take care of yourself as much as possible. Eat a healthy diet and get as much rest as you can, especially since exhaustion and sleep deprivation can reinforce and fuel feelings of sadness.
Here are some other things that can help you feel better:
- Accept help, especially in the first days and weeks after birth.
- Let family and friends help with errands, food shopping, household chores, or childcare.
- Let someone prepare a meal or watch your baby while you relax with a shower, bath, or a nap.
- Get plenty of rest and eat nutritious foods.
- Talk to loved ones or other new mothers who can help you feel supported and remind you that you’re not alone.
If the baby blues last longer than a week or two, or if symptoms become worse, talk to your doctor to discuss whether postpartum depression may be the cause of your emotional lows.
Urination, Difficulty After Giving Birth
Immediately after giving birth, many women feel a need to urinate but simply cannot make it happen as easily as they could before. During pregnancy, pressure on the bladder may make urination difficult. Once you have given birth, however, that pressure is gone and the bladder must learn the pattern of urinating all over again.
Causes of Urination Difficulty After Giving Birth
During birth there are varieties of factors that can lead to you to have difficulty urinating. Anesthesia and pressure from pushing your baby out of the womb are both causes for temporary paralysis or decreased sensitivity that can lead to difficulty urinating. Fear can also play an important role in having difficulty urinating. You just pushed a baby out and that pain is not simple to forget!
After giving birth, you should try to pee within four to six hours. This, however, may not possible if a C-Section was performed as the catheter will not be removed until all anesthesia has worn off which could be hours after birth. If the bladder will not expel on its own while hospitalized, a temporary catheter may be used to drain urine from the body. Urinary tract infections, associated with birth and catheter placement, may also contribute to difficulty urinating postpartum .
Treatment for Urination Difficulty After Giving Birth
Fluid intake is important after giving birth, especially if you are breastfeeding. The more fluid you take in, the more urine you produce. A warm bath or even the sound of running water can help make urination easier. If urination is painful or difficult for days following giving birth your doctor may need to test for a urinary tract infection.
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