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Do I hate my baby?

By Amanda Tumwine

The aftermath of childbirth on the mental health of mothers is still a mystery to mothers all over the world especially in a country like Uganda. But here is the assurance that you are not a bad mother and what you are feeling is called Post-Partum Depression a condition that psychologists have diagnosed in new mothers.

The causes include:

  1. Hormonal Changes

The dramatic drop in the female hormones after the birth of your child play a role in making you feel sluggish and depressed 

  1. Lack of sleep

As a new mother the change in sleep patterns takes a toll on you and leaves you feeling overwhelmed and helpless.

  1. Self-image

You may feel less attractive because of the weight gain, the stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and pimples. The feeling that you are not who you used to be can affect your mental health and mood towards everyone and your child.

  1. Anxiety

The pressure to be a great mother to your newborn, learning how to care for them especially without help or being a single parent could make you doubt yourself even more. 

 What to look out for

  • Being uninterested in your baby or lack of bond with them
  • Crying all the time without reason
  • Feeling worthless and helpless
  • Depressed mood or outbursts of anger
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of interest in activities you once loved

How to fell better

  • Talk to your partner for assistance in any way or go see a doctor. 
  • Talk to other mothers and find out how they handled it being new mothers.
  • Be patient with yourself, you are a good mother and you are beautiful embrace the growth and the journey

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