It all started when I was pregnant. I had a perfectly healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby girl. But after my daughter was born, something in me changed, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong.
At first, I just felt a little more exhausted than usual. Then I started to feel like I just couldn’t enjoy being a mother. I would feel sad and overwhelmed at times, and these feelings seemed to come out of nowhere.
After a few weeks of this, my husband noticed the change in me and suggested I talk to my doctor. When I did, I found out that I had postnatal depression. My doctor recommended I begin treatment, which included counseling and medication.
Through my treatment, I was able to get back in touch with myself and learn to manage my depression. I also learned a lot about motherhood and how to take care of my baby.
It took some time, but eventually I began to feel more like myself again. I was able to truly appreciate my daughter and the joys of being a mother without feeling overwhelmed by sadness and anxiety.
My experience with postnatal depression taught me a lot about motherhood and recovery. I am now more aware of my emotions, and I know I can reach out for help when I need it. I’m grateful for all I’ve learned and I’m so thankful to be able to enjoy motherhood now.
By Cynthia Smith