Some people find they cry more often after they've had a baby. You might feel miserable, anxious and irritable. Many things can make you feel this way:
- Disappointment that the birth wasn't as you planned.
- Worrying about the baby's health or how you're coping as a parent.
- Feeling upset if your baby is unsettled.
- Disappointment if you find breastfeeding difficult.
- Feeling that you're not having the ideal baby experience you imagined.
- Reduced income and coping with loss of freedom and changes to your roles.
- Worrying that you'll be seen as not coping or incompetent.
- Lack of emotional support and financial support from your partner or family members.
- Feeling guilty and sad that you're not with your baby if you return to work.
- Coping with physical illness or complications that affect you and/or the baby.
If you need support, seek help from a healthcare professional, LifeLine (13 11 14) and always call 000 in an emergency.