Holding a sense of loss and grief alongside the joy of becoming a new parent can feel confusing. Try to remember that it's common to feel the loss of a part of a sense of who you are, activities you enjoyed or your relationship with your partner as a new parent. It can take some time to adjust to what you might've lost and to really appreciate the new things you've gained.
Some parents feel ashamed by this unexpected grief and if the feelings aren't addressed it can impact your mental health and wellbeing.
If you're experiencing these feelings and want to talk to someone, the PANDA support line is open Monday - Friday from 9am-7.30pm 1300 726 306. Always call 000 in an emergency.