Just had a baby, and feeling those baby blues? You’re not alone. According to the American Pregnancy Association, an estimated 70 – 80% of new mothers experience mild postpartum depression within the first two weeks of delivery. It’s usually caused by a whole slew of factors: hormones, exhaustion, overwhelm, labor.
These feelings eventually dissipate for many. But for as many as 11-20% moms, they will go on to have postpartum depression, or struggle with other mood related disorders during the first year after delivery. It’s a subject that’s not often openly talked about, but if you’re not feeling quite yourself, it’s important to seek help and reach out. Talk to your doctor and seek support.
However, on a day to day basis, keeping a positive mindset can be helpful in combating those temporary dips in morale. Here are some useful positive affirmations to keep your mood up.
I am the perfect mother for my baby.
I have the strength to take care of all of my baby’s needs.
I grow in strength with every forward step I take into motherhood.
I believe in myself as a capable and wonderful mother.
I am good enough in all that I do.
But remember: if your feelings of depression persists though, it’s important to seek help. Affirmations can help but they aren’t enough! Take care of yourself first and foremost. Motherhood is a long journey, and you have to be kind to yourself on the way.