All of a sudden you have a vulnerable little life to look after. It’s a huge responsibility, and despite all the information out there about parenting, once you have the baby at home or in your arms you realise it’s all up to you! There is no single rule book for looking after a baby and it doesn’t always come naturally.
Even if you feel joy at bringing this new life into the world – and not everyone does – the newness of it all can throw anxiety and low moods into the mix of emotions you’re feeling. This rollercoaster of ups and downs can have a significant impact on your emotional and mental wellbeing.