Introduction to Postpartum Depression in Partners
Welcome to the incredible world of being a parent and partner which should be filled with fun and happy feelings all the time right, which is what may have brought you here as to why you are feeling the way you are.
It’s a lot to take on new responsibilities with raising a newborn, supporting mom, holding a job, and taking care of yourself as well, hence these overwhelming emotions you are experiencing. YOU ARE NOT ALONE in what you are going through and your awareness of changes in your overall mental well being are the first step in identifying Postpartum depression.
Pat yourself on the back because your well-being is a fundamental piece to fostering a healthy life filled with love, gratitude, and confidence in supporting your new family.
Importance of early diagnosis of Postpartum depression
Self-awareness is one of the most powerful muscles a human can exercise throughout their entire life. The significance of self-awareness with regard to a condition like postpartum depression is paramount in reducing the severity and duration of it.
Early detection of postpartum warning signs will lead to taking proactive actions through seeking support, and treatment, and living the compelling future you deserve.
Hiding from your feelings, turning a blind eye to your shift in attitude, and covering up the uncomfortable new emotions will only lead to a compounding effect of your symptoms.
By embracing a mentality of choosing to take back your life through seeking support and being open with your feelings you will have already taken the most important step in fulfilling a life filled with love, confidence, and gratitude.
Most common Postpartum warning signs to look out
Now that the groundwork has been laid for the importance of early detection of postpartum warning signs, let’s take a look at the early signs that could indicate an onset of PPD.
These are in no specific order and are not limited to what you may be experiencing.
- Lack of self-worth and feelings of guilt
- Increased difficulty with making decisions or basic cognitive functions
- Wavering confidence in taking care of your child and supporting mom
- Social withdrawal or isolation from family and friends
- Loss of interest in hobbies or activities formerly enjoyed
- Overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, and hopelessness
- Growing irritability, anger, or even mood swings that are unexplainable
- Eating patterns have changed to unhealthier decisions
- Decreased levels of energy or significant change in sleep routine
As becoming a new parent and supportive partner to a mom can be a huge undertaking, it is important to differentiate between that and the postpartum warning signs.
While there can be a fine line in some cases, it is usually a significant alteration in your demeanor that should be a red flag for early preventative action.
Low self-worth and confidence
Feeling worthless as a partner can be common during pregnancy, as there sometimes is little one can do. But when those feelings linger for a longer period after birth, this could be a significant sign of something more serious developing in PPD.
When you don’t have the confidence to show up for your family, then measures need to be taken to redirect this trend and start showing up for yourself at least so that you can then grow more confidence in being there for your family.
Irritability and anger becoming stronger
Have you been overly irritable or short-tempered from things that typically wouldn’t bother you in the past?
Have you noticed a shorter fuse when handling situations that normally would be feasible?
If there has been a noticeable change in your appetite for patience and being level-headed, this could be a telltale postpartum warning sign.
Your importance of being a supportive and caring partner in a new world is first and foremost, and being able to have a stoic approach to this will make life a lot better.
Overwhelming stress and anxiety
Raising a newborn while supporting a mom can be stressful under any circumstances, but when stress and anxiety start to become overwhelming and dominant in your everyday life, then more attention needs to be placed on addressing this.
You may be feeling more triggered by things that otherwise wouldn’t have caused so much stress or anxiety. This is such a difficult battle to be burdened with, as not taking care of it can lead to it unraveling into an uncontrollable mess.
Disinterest in activities and socializing
When you start to shy away from activities or hobbies that used to bring you joy or avoid social interaction with family and friends, this lack of interest is significant in identifying PPD.
Relationships in general are keystones in finding happiness and joy in life, and not engaging in them post-birth can rob you of this emotional well-being.
Couple that with not taking part in things that were fun and enjoyable with you is a recipe for PPD and recovery.
Having a baby is a wonderful thing and sharing that with your friends and family is so special while also including them in the things that make you happy!
A change in your diet or eating pattern can not only exacerbate the symptoms of PPD but take a harmful toll on your health and well-being.
As fun and easy as it may be to take on a “fast food” approach to eating where you get instantaneous pleasure from a tasty unhealthy food option, this is detrimental to making yourself feel better.
An unhealthy diet not only makes you feel like crap a little while after eating your “fast food”, but it can start to have physiological effects on your cognitive functioning and mood.
As a partner suffering from PPD, how can you seek support?
You have made it this far by acknowledging that something is happening to you that is causing you to feel the way you do, congratulations. Your self-awareness is the most critical step towards taking a proactive approach to addressing your situation and changing course.
Do not feel alone and you should internalize and compete with your emotions all by yourself. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, and that is the most important message to take from all of this so that you can feel comfortable reaching out for help.
There are several ways to start taking action and finding support to help guide you to the compelling future that you were meant to live.
- Talking with your partner and establishing an open line of communication with your feelings and thoughts are so helpful in letting everything out.
- Going online through social media outlets and finding groups that associate with partners dealing with PPD is another avenue for talking about your feelings and emotions.
- Journaling can be another self-care way of supporting yourself by just writing down everything that you’re going through.
- The most effective and long-term way of truly discovering your compelling future is by getting outside help through a therapist, counselor, or coach.
How can a coach help you with Postpartum Depression?
The fact that you have started to take matters into your own hands by researching postpartum warning signs and seeking support shows that you are willing to take action and make a change.
You no longer want to feel the way you do, overwhelmed with emotions and thoughts, making decisions that don’t support your family, and plodding along with no compelling future to work towards.
I get it. That was me and through the ups and downs, I figured out a game plan to navigate through these challenging times to live the life that I was meant to with confidence, gratitude, and love for my family.
Caproni Coaching is here to listen, empathize, integrate a signature coaching program into your life, and guide you to the compelling future you deserve. Your self-awareness of a shift in your overall well-being has brought you this far, now come take the journey with me to a life you can wake up every morning and be grateful for, confidence in being there for your family, and an abundance of love to spread.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE, and you do not need to continue battling PPD by yourself expecting a change doing the same thing over and over. Help is here and let Caproni Coaching be your next step in living your compelling future.
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