What is Motherhood Adjustment?
The period following the birth of your child can be a blissful, yet emotionally taxing experience. Many mothers find they are swept up in a whirlwind of emotions ranging from relief and complete fatigue to nervousness, anxiety, excitement, indescribable joy and contentment. For first-time mothers there are also many unknowns, and it is not uncommon for new mothers to experience concerns over their ability to be a good mother, and how they will raise and nurture this new little life.
For the first few days and weeks after childbirth, much time and emotional energy will be spent on getting used to all things new and adapting to new routines and priorities. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, tearful or excessively worried and fearful during this time, and you may even feel a little trapped.
Do not beat yourself up if you start to feel these things, but rather keep reminding yourself that there has been much to adjust to. New sleep routines and the physical exertion of the birthing and post-birth healing process can make your body feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Your hormones will be all over the place as your body adjusts to your sudden "non-pregnant" state and this can further affect your emotions, physical well-being and confidence.