A mother took to a parenting forum to confess about the postpartum depression she suffered following childbirth and led the way for several new mothers coming forth with their own experiences.
In the parenting site, Mumsnet, a user named “Introspect,” talked about her postpartum depression would have been a lot easier to deal with had she been better prepared.
She then suggested sharing each other’s experiences so that other parents can learn from it and better deal with their own issues.
Soon after, the forum got flooded with people talking about their own experiences and revealing about things they wished they had known before their labor. The things they shared even included the discomfort one felt during the first postpartum loo visit as well as the effect of one’s fluctuating hormones.
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'I wanted to put together a list of the things that I'd wish I'd known before giving birth. I'm hoping that this can help me and others by talking openly about it,’ the user named “Introspect” wrote.
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She further added that she did not connect with her baby right away and encouraged other mothers to share similar issues they experienced following childbirth.
She soon started getting a lot of response from other new mothers. One of them replied to her request by stating that she wished she had known about the hormones in advance.
‘You cry uncontrollably around 4-6 days after birth and apparently, it's normal because it's “hormones settling,” the second user wrote.
She also talked about the paranoia about losing her baby that she experienced. She was also afraid of being left isolated by everyone even if she asked for company.
Another mother agreed to the point that the connection with the baby isn’t always felt right from the start. She wished she knew before the childbirth that she wouldn’t ‘necessarily feel a rush of love’ for the child.
About a month ago, there was yet another discussion on Reddit, where new mothers talked about things related to childbirth that no one told them beforehand but they wished they knew.
Meanwhile, here's a touching account of a new father describing his experience of his wife's childbirth, and the reason behind him breaking down into tears.