Letter to a New Mom: Take Care of Yourself

Letter to a New Mom: Take Care of Yourself

ChicagoNow bloggers have teamed up to write letters to new moms in honor of Mother’s Day. You can read all of their incredible posts here.

Dear New Mom:

Boy these past couple of weeks have been exciting! From labor and delivery to arriving home with your new bundle of joy, you’ve barely had a chance to take it all in. It’s so overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time. Yet, there is this strange feeling that is lingering in the shadows. Is it sadness?

It can’t be.

Can it?

I know the doctors told you the quick change in hormones might cause you to be a little weepy. They call it the Baby Blues.

But it’s lasted much longer than you expected. It may even be getting worse. It is worse. But you press on. Taking on everything. Taking care of everyone. Putting their needs before your own.

When was the last time you slept? Like really slept? Have you asked your husband for help? Your mom? Your mother-in-law?

When was the last time you saw your girlfriends? Had a haircut? Sat for a pedicure?

When was the last time you had a good day? A really good day? A day that didn’t end up with you crying?

It’s time.

Time to talk to your doctor.

You’ve taken the surveys. You took one before you were discharged. At your child’s first pediatric exam. At your six week check up. You probably lied. Filled it out so they wouldn’t question you. Pry.

I know I did.

They want to help.

Postpartum Depression is real. It’s serious and it can be treated. Please don’t wait until it’s too late.

Motherhood is a time for joy, happiness, and lasting memories. Don’t let your sadness take this from you. You deserve more.

Please take care of yourself.

Sincerely,
TJ
Postpartum Depression Survivor
Chi-town Mommy Mayhem

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