Dealing With a Difficult Birth and Early Days

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Giving birth is generally considered one of the most painful but simultaneously positive experiences that a woman can go through. The majority of women will say that it is difficult, but that as soon as you hold your little bundle of joy, the stress is quickly usurped by joy and all negative feelings become a thing of the past. However, it’s important to remember that every individual is different and every birthing experience is different. You should never beat yourself up if things don’t go exactly as you planned or you don’t feel the same way that others tend to express when speaking of their own experiences. Here are a few potential problems that anybody could face and how to deal with them.

Neonatal Intensive Care
A whole host of difficulties could result in a newborn infant being placed in neonatal intensive care. Needless to say, it is something that we would rather avoid, but if your child is placed in such a unit, it’s important to remember that it is not your fault. Many new mothers will start to analyse every aspect of their behaviour during pregnancy: everything they ate, how they slept, what skin creams they used… the list goes on and on. But the truth in the majority of cases is that the problems couldn’t be avoided and that your little one will be nursed back to health in next to no time. Many of us will question

if it’s normal. The thing to remember is that nothing is “normal” in pregnancy, birthing, or the period immediately after birth. In fact, there’s going to be no such thing as “normal” throughout your entire parenting experience, so it’s time to throw that concept out of the window! Every child is different, and you never know what’s lying around the corner. The key to good parenting is just to be there supporting your child at all times.

Postnatal Depression
Postnatal depression is extremely common. In fact, it’s estimated that one in eight moms will experience it at some point or another. So if you are suffering from postnatal depression, it’s essential that you know that you’re not alone. Symptoms of this condition include feeling low, tiresome, and anxious. You may also experience changes in your eating and sleeping patterns. The most important thing to remember when it comes to postnatal depression is that you need to seek help. The condition is unlikely to get better of its own accord or without the intervention of medical professionals. It is generally treated with a combination of talking therapy and antidepressants. You will also be encouraged to eat a balanced and healthy diet, get sufficient sleep, exercise, speak to other moms, and practice self-kindness.

These are just a couple of unexpected problems or difficulties that mothers may find themselves experience immediately after giving birth. They are hard experiences to deal with, but it’s important that you do not feel guilty or blame yourself if you do find that they form a part of your mothering narrative.

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